The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud – F.S. 893.13
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Recently, prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed everywhere in the nation. They are the easiest drugs to obtain, and are available to everyone. While prescription drugs are legal when they are prescribed to you, it is illegal to use or obtain them by misrepresenting yourself, forgery, or fraud.
Obtaining controlled substances by fraud is a 3rd degree felony, which results in up to 5 years in prison. It must be proven without any doubt that the prescription drugs were acquired using a fraudulent method, for example:
- False/altered/counterfeit prescriptions
- Impersonating a doctor
- “Doctor shopping”
In many drug cases, a sentence can be shortened through completion of community service or drug classes. This will also help in creating a positive character portrait, which should help your case.
A proactive approach can make sure that you will avoid having a permanent criminal record, as well as save your driver’s license from suspension. Contact a criminal lawyer to get the facts on your case and resolve the case in your favor.
If I needed the controlled substance, is it still illegal?
If you obtained the drugs by a fraudulent act, it is still illegal, whether you needed the drugs or not. There are defenses against your case, contact a skilled criminal lawyer to discuss further actions.
I have been accused of “doctor shopping”; what is that?
Doctor shopping is going to different doctors and giving them false information, to the means of obtaining prescriptions “legally”. Every time this occurs, you can be charged with a different felony.
Can I do a substance abuse program instead of serving jail time, if I am found guilty?
In some cases, you can participate in programs and/or do community service in lieu of jail time; again, you should contact a criminal lawyer immediately to find out the details of your case, and whether or not you may be able to take this route.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
-Joshua LeRoy, Esq.
Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua LeRoy, Esq. is dedicated to providing his clients with personalized, honest, and aggressive representation in any and all areas of criminal law in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach & the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County in the State of Florida.
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