When people think of drug charges, they may think of a person possessing drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth or maybe even marijuana. Not many think of possession of prescription drugs as a crime, particularly since doctors are the ones who write the prescriptions. However, it is taken very seriously given that prescription drug overdose is a leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
There are several types of prescription drugs. Narcotics include codeine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl. Depressants include Xanax, Valium, opioids and certain inhalants. Some inhalants are also classified as stimulants. There are also hallucinogens, but these primarily apply to illegal drugs such as LSD, marijuana and mushrooms.
Each state has its own laws when it comes to possession of narcotics and other controlled substances. Texas is especially strict when it comes to prescription drug laws. The laws can sometimes be confusing given that even a person with a valid prescription can sometimes face drug possession charges.
There are several ways in which a person can be accused of prescription drug charges. Many people steal the drugs from others, while others may forge or alter prescriptions or impersonate medical professionals in order to gain access to medications. Typically, prescription drug laws apply to Schedule 3 and 4 drugs, which include hydrocodone, oxycodone, Vicodin and codeine.
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The severity of the charges will depend on factors such as the type of drug, the amount and whether or not the person had a prescription. If the person has previous drug convictions, this can be a factor as well. No matter how minor serious your charges are, contact the League City criminal defense lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates right away.
In Texas, the minimum charge for prescription drug possession is a misdemeanor. Penalties may include a fine of up to $4,000 and one year in jail. If a person is in possession of a large amount, he or she could face intent to distribute charges, which are classified as felonies. To charge someone with this crime, authorities will look for evidence such as drug paraphernalia and large amounts of cash. If convicted a person may face various penalties, including a fine of up to $250,000 and life in prison.
Prescription drug penalties are somewhat lenient for minor cases, though, and in some instances, the person has the choice of attending drug treatment in lieu of jail. Many jurisdictions have a drug court, which refers those convicted of prescription drug use to appropriate treatment facilities.
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