One of the most common drug offenses in Virginia, after possession of marijuana, is prescription fraud. Individuals that you would never think of as criminals can find themselves facing prescription fraud charges. These cases usually involve individuals within the health care profession, such as:
- Pharmacy technicians
Easy access to prescription narcotics can lead to temptation and pressure from friends and family to procure pills without authorization. Often times these individuals or their friends and family are suffering from addiction related to a prior medical condition for which they were prescribed pain killing medication.
Penalties for Prescription Fraud
While these people more often that not need treatment instead of punishment, Section 18.2-258.1 of the Code of Virginia makes this conduct a Class 6 Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary! If you or someone you love is facing a charge of prescription fraud, contact us right away. There is much that can be done to defend this charge. Often times a skilled attorney is able to present alternative dispositions to the Commonwealth's Attorney in these matters, avoiding prison time and felony convictions. The statute provides for a first offender program for eligible persons, whereby the charge is reduced to a misdemeanor after completion of certain statutory requirements. The bottom line is that this charge is serious, but can be addressed by a skilled and aggressive criminal attorney. Call my firm today & get a free consultation.