Phoenix Prescription Fraud Attorney

Prescription drug fraud is the act of obtaining a prescription drug by false and illegal means. A.R.S 13-3406 makes it illegal to engage in the following prescription drug activities:

  • Possession, use, administration, acquisition, sale, manufacture or transportation of prescription-only drugs:
  • (A.) A person shall not knowingly:
  • (1.) Possess or use a prescription-only drug unless the person obtains the prescription-only drug pursuant to a valid prescription of a prescriber who is licensed…”

Phoenix Prescription Drug Fraud Activity Varies:

For most people, the need to obtain the drug – often a painkiller, sedative or other mood altering drug – originated with legitimate medical treatment. Prescription drug fraud may take many forms, including:

  • Forging a prescription of a controlled substance
  • Altering a prescription
  • Selling prescription medication
  • Using another person’s identification to obtain prescription medication
  • Falsification of medical records
  • Medicare fraud
  • Attempting to fill the prescription multiple times at different pharmacies
  • Other means of obtaining prescription medication by fraud

Writing a fraudulent prescription or otherwise participating in prescription medication fraud may result in a Class 4 felony, similar to other drug charges. It is essential to obtain skilled, knowledgeable and aggressive legal counsel to mount an effective defense. Attorney Jeremy Geigle has been successfully protecting the rights of individuals for years in the Phoenix area.

Prescription Drug Fraud Penalties:

Consequences for prescription drug fraud may include the following, as per A.R.S. 13-3406, Subs. D and E:

  • Penalties range from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 6 penalty
  • Fine: $1000.00
  • Other penalties include drug testing,
  • Probation
  • 240 community service hours with a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program
  • Drug treatment

Additional consequences – in addition to the statutory penalties above – may include:

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Permanent criminal record
  • Inability to obtain student financial aid
  • Credit impairment

The consequences can be serious. If you are under investigation or were arrested for prescription drug fraud, it is highly advisable not to discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney. Do not volunteer any information about yourself.

Successfully Defending Against Prescription Drug Fraud:

The key to successfully defending prescription drug fraud is challenging whether the defendant had the requisite intent to commit a crime. A successful defense will challenge the case by asserting that there was no intent beyond obtaining the medication for an addiction. Attorney Jeremy Geigle has attained dismissals of charges in prescription drug fraud cases and he has the understanding and experience to defend your rights in the same way. If it is not possible to obtain a dismissal, it is often possible obtain entry into a drug rehabilitation program; successful completion of the program may eliminate criminal history.

Free Prescription Drug Fraud Case Evaluation with a Phoenix Attorney:

It is important to note that you do have options but you must act in a timely manner. You truly are innocent until proven guilty. Attorney Jeremy Geigle understands that you are in a challenging situation; he is here to help you. It is normal to have questions; Jeremy offers a free consultation where you can ask questions related to your case. This will help you better understand your position in the case and how you may proceed. In an effort to offer quality legal representation to all budgets, payment options may be available. To schedule a complimentary case consultation, call Attorney Jeremy Geigle at Jackson White Attorneys at Law: (489) 818-9943.

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