Prescription Drug Crimes in Santa Barbara, CA
Let Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys Protect Your Rights & Future
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is now a significant epidemic in
the United States. Although many states are attempting to address this
issue through drug rehabilitation treatments as opposed to criminal prosecution,
convictions for this type of
drug crime in California can lead to severe penalties.
If you have been accused of a prescription drug crime, our
Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys at
Appel & Morse can aggressively fight these charges on your behalf. With more than 30
years of experience, we can assess your case, determine all of your available
legal options, and help you obtain the most favorable outcome. Let us
help you avoid serving harsh penalties from conviction today.
Types of Prescription Drug Crimes & Penalties
According to California law, prescription drugs are considered controlled
substances. This means in order to possess this medication, you need to
have a valid prescription from a certified health care provider.
Illegal possession of prescribed medication is a misdemeanor offense, punishable
by a county jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000.
However, if you have a prior conviction for a serious felony or a sex
crime, unlawful possession is a felony, which carries a maximum prison
sentence of three years.
Illegal possession of prescription drugs with an intent to sell is a felony,
punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years and a maximum fine
of $2,000. Furthermore, the act of selling prescribed medicine carries
a maximum prison sentence of five years, or nine years if you cross at
least two county lines.
Prescription drug fraud is also associated with harsh penalties. For example,
forging a prescription and possessing a counterfeit prescription pad are
felonies, which result in a maximum prison sentence of three years. Doctors
can be charged with a felony for prescribing drugs to those who are addicts
or not under their treatment.
Ready to Fight for You Today!
As former prosecutors, our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys understand
both sides of the court. Our legal team can investigate your arrest, collect
evidence, and anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case to
provide you with strongest legal defense possible.
Contact us and schedule a free criminal consultation today.