Montgomery County Prescription Drug Crimes Lawyer

Experienced Criminal Attorneys Defending Against Prescription Drug Offenses in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Across PA

When we discuss illegal drugs, the first drugs to come to mind are not usually prescription medications. More often, the first drugs that come to mind are substances like cocaine, marijuana, heroin, or methamphetamine. However, prescription drug crimes are on the rise in Pennsylvania.

Are you facing charges for the unlawful use, possession, or sale of prescription medications in Pennsylvania? If you are convicted, you could be sentenced to serious consequences that can haunt you for the rest of your life. If you are facing a charge for a prescription drug crime, contact a prescription drug crimes lawyer at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. who will have your back and put their experience to work by fighting for the reduction or dismissal of your charges.

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Common Types of Prescription Drugs That are Used Illegally in Pennsylvania

Heroin and fentanyl abuse has developed into a full-blown epidemic. Many of these hardcore opioid addictions once began as prescription painkiller use, and the drugs are rising in popularity. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise among Americans. Teenagers have even been known to attend “prescription drug parties,” where they swipe pills from their family medicine cabinets and trade them amongst each other.

In an attempt to mitigate the opioid epidemic, many Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies are trying to go after the gateway drugs by cracking down on illegal prescription drug use. Abusing a prescription drug can involve buying, selling, or trading illegally obtained medications such as:

  • Codeine
  • Demerol (Meperidine)
  • Morphine
  • OxyContin (Oxymorphone)
  • Percocet (Oxycodone)
  • Valium (Diazepam)
  • Vicodin (Hydrocodone)
  • Xanax (Alprazolam)

The Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. prescription drug crimes lawyers have also successfully represented clients who had been charged with trading drugs used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD prescription drugs that are regularly abused in Pennsylvania include:

  • Ritalin (methylphenidate)
  • Adderall XR (amphetamine)
  • Concerta (methylphenidate)
  • Strattera (atomoxetine)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)

Our team has previously persuaded the court to handle prescription drug crime cases under Pennsylvania’s Pharmacy Act instead of the state’s Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. We have found that having a drug crime handled under the state pharmacy act usually results in a better overall outcome for the accused party. We have also obtained favorable outcomes for many clients through the Pennsylvania Section 17 first offenders’ program.

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Prescription Drug Fraud Crimes in Pennsylvania

Acquisition of a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, also known as prescription fraud, is prohibited under Title 35 Pa.C.S. 780-113(a)(12) of the Controlled Substances Act. Also prohibited is:

  • Any effort to use a phony prescription
  • Attempted use of an altered prescription
  • Calling in a fake prescription
  • Pretending to be a doctor
  • Stealing a prescription pad from a doctor
  • Using a prescription made out to a different person

Depending on the specifics of your charge, you could also face charges for forgery or general fraud, which are often penalized more harshly than a simple possession charge.

Possible Consequences for a Prescription Drug Crime Conviction in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the unlawful possession, sale, or trade of a prescription drug can come with severe, life-changing consequences. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your unique case, you may face:

  • Spending years of your life in prison
  • A term of probation
  • Tens of thousands of dollars in fines
  • Life-long status as a convicted felon
  • Community service

This list is not finite and is ultimately at the discretion of the judge, so you could face additional consequences beyond these criminal penalties. A conviction for a drug crime can also hinder your educational, employment, and housing opportunities for the rest of your life.

Are You a Healthcare Professional Who is Facing a Charge for a Prescription Drug Crime in Pennsylvania?

Some people may picture the stereotypical image of a jobless junkie abusing drugs when they think of drug crimes, but even trusted healthcare professionals can face charges in Pennsylvania.

Only when a licensed professional gives prescription drugs to a person with a valid prescription is a prescription drug transaction legal in Pennsylvania. In any other scenario, the person distributing or taking the drugs could be arrested. Even pharmacists with a license to dispense drugs can be convicted of a crime if they distribute to someone without an authorized prescription.

Whether you are a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, paramedic, or another medical professional, Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. can build a strong defense for whatever prescription drug crime you have been accused of, including:

  • Illegal possession
  • Possession with intent to deliver
  • Selling prescription drugs under the table
  • Selling designer drugs concocted from over-the-counter medications

Medical professionals facing a charge for billing an insurance company, Medicare, or Medicaid for bogus prescriptions will likely face felony fraud charges.

Professionals who have been convicted of a prescription drug crime may have their license revoked and their reputation irreversibly damaged, permanently preventing them from continuing in their chosen careers. Our prescription drug attorneys have represented healthcare professionals in prescription drug cases. Nobody will fight as hard as Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. to protect your professional license, driver’s license, freedom, and reputation.

Contact a Hard-Hitting Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Lawyer in Montgomery County

When faced with serious penalties, it is crucial to work with a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help protect your freedom. The Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. prescription drug criminal defense team has over 65 years of legal experience and is comprised of:

Suppose you or someone you care about has been arrested for a prescription drug crime in Pennsylvania. In that case, our prescription drug crimes lawyers will construct a strategic strategy to defend your case. To begin discussing your case with an attorney, give us a call today at (215) 822-7575 or send us a completed contact form to schedule a free no-obligation consultation.