Orange County Prescription Drug Abuse Lawyer
Prescription medications are only legal in the quantities and doses specified
in a valid prescription, and
only for the person the prescription was written for. This means that a person
found in possession of prescription medication without a valid prescription
can be charged with a crime. Drug crimes carry serious penalties, so if
you are facing charges in Orange County, you should retain an experienced
attorney as soon as possible to defend you.
Contact us to speak with a criminal defense lawyer in Orange County. Your evaluation
Prescription Drug Offenses
California Health and Safety Code section 11350 prohibits the possession
of any usable amount of a controlled substance, including prescription
drugs. Because prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental
death in the country, law enforcement vigorously prosecutes drug offenses.
An individual may be criminally charged for the following offenses related
to prescription drugs:
- Possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription
- Forging a prescription
- Obtaining drugs by fraud
- Selling prescription drugs
- Doctor shopping (going to multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions)
Driving under the influence of prescription drugs
The Controlled Substances Act
The federal government classifies all drugs by Schedule according to their
dangerousness and potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are considered
highly addictive substances with no medical use (prescription drugs do
not fall into this category), while Schedule V drugs are considered to
have the lowest risk of abuse. The exact charge and penalties an individual
may face depends on the type of drug and the quantity involved.
Schedule II: Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), methadone (Dolophine), meperidine (Demerol),
fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
Schedule III: Hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, buprenophrine
Schedule IV: Sleep aids, Rohypnol, lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium), clorazepate
(Tanxene), clonazepam, (Klonopin), carisoprodol (Soma), alprazolam (Xanax)
Schedule V: Cough medicines containing codeine
Prop 47’s Impact on Drug Charges
After the passage of Proposition 47 in California, certain drug crimes
have been downgraded to misdemeanors and are punishable by up to one year
in county jail. However, drug offenders may be able to avoid jail altogether
if they qualify for a drug diversion program, which includes counseling
and drug education. Those who have been convicted of a violent crime or
who are registered sex offenders will not be eligible for this option
and will face increased penalties.
Other collateral consequences of a drug conviction include expensive fines,
a permanent criminal record, and difficulty obtaining housing, loans,
or professional licenses/certifications. With so much at stake, you need
to take immediate action to protect yourself and your future.
If you have been arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession
with intent to sell, or another crime related to the unlawful use of prescription
drugs, contact an Orange County criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices
of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. Our firm has been vigorously defending individuals
accused of drug crimes since 1989. Backed by a history of success and
an unwavering commitment to our clients, our firm is one of the most respected
criminal defense firms in Orange County. We encourage you to contact us
to schedule a free and confidential evaluation of your case.
Call us today to get started: (866) 902-6880.