Prescription Drug Fraud in Williamson and Bell County
When most people think of illegal drugs, they think of heroin or cocaine. However, illegal prescription drug use is on the rise. In Central Texas, it is illegal to possess or use a prescription drug that you do not have a prescription for, and it is illegal to attempt to obtain a prescription-only drug without a prescription written out to you from a person licensed to prescribe medication. If found in violation, you could face serious penalties.
Georgetown Prescription Drug Fraud Lawyer
If you’ve been accused of prescription fraud in Williamson or Bell County, Georgetown prescription fraud lawyers Michael J. Price can defend you against the charges. Law Office of Michael J. Price are passionate defenders of the constitutional rights of the accused, with decades of combined experience in criminal defense. Our attorneys will examine the allegations and evidence against you, and fight to get your charges reduced of dismissed.
Call Law Office of Michael J. Price, today at (512) 354-1880 to discuss your charges. Michael J. Price represents those accused of drug crimes in Bell County and Williamson County, including in Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto, Killeen, Temple, Belton and Harker Heights.
Prescription Fraud Law in Texas
Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, it is illegal to knowingly:
- Possess or obtain a controlled substance or an increased quantity of a controlled substance by use of:
- misrepresentation, fraud, forgery or subterfuge,
- a fraudulent prescription form,
- fraudulent oral prescription.
- Use a fictitious, revoked, suspended, or another person’s registration number while manufacturing, prescribing, or distributing a controlled substance.
- Issue a prescription with a forged or fictitious signature.
Type of Illegal Prescription Drugs in Williamson County
The Controlled Substances Act lists drugs that are illegal to possess without a properly obtained prescription. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs are:
- Oxycontin, or oxymorphone.
- Xanax, or alprazolam.
- Adderall, or other amphetamines.
- Valium, or diazepam.
- Vicodin, or hydrocodone.
- Demerol, or meperidine.
Penalties for possession of prescription drugs depend on the type of drugs you are alleged to possess and how much you are accused of possessing. Many prescription drugs are in Penalty Group 1, which contains the most strict punishments.
For less than one gram, it is a state jail felony, punishable by 180 days to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. For one to four grams, the charge is a felony of the third degree, carrying penalties of two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000. Four to 400 grams is a second-degree felony, with up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Any more is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Your Georgetown drug defense lawyer may be able to negotiate a lesser sentence.
Forged or Fraudulent Prescriptions in Killeen
There are many ways people might attempt to obtain prescription drugs, including:
- Using someone else’s prescription and ID to obtain drugs.
- Using a pen to alter the amount of an existing prescription to get a greater quantity.
- Calling the pharmacy, saying you are a doctor and use a false registration number to call in a prescription.
- Stealing a prescription pad from the doctor’s office.
- Using a graphics program to create a false prescription.
Any of these activities is illegal and could lead to charges of prescription fraud.
Law Office of Michael J. Price | Round Rock Prescription Drug Attorney
If you face drug possession charges relating to prescription drugs or prescription fraud charges, Georgetown criminal defense lawyer Michael J. Price can fight for you. Contact Law Office of Michael J. Price today at (512) 354-1880.