An arrest for a drug offense can be terrifying for any Michigan resident. In such a situation, it’s important to seek help and protect your rights. You should understand the laws of prescription drug fraud in the state.
What is prescription drug fraud?
Prescription drug fraud is a serious crime that’s classified as a felony in Michigan. It is committed when a person knowingly and deliberately possesses or obtains a prescription pad not legally authorized to them for the purposes of writing a fraudulent prescription for certain types of drugs. Only a licensed health care professional is allowed to write prescriptions for drugs for patients for valid reasons.
A person can be charged with prescription drug fraud if they have stolen prescription forms, fake prescription forms, or obtained prescription forms from unlicensed physicians. These charges are serious and carry hefty penalties if a person is convicted.
What are the possible penalties for prescription drug fraud?
A conviction of prescription drug fraud can carry serious penalties. While it’s usually classified as a felony, even a lesser crime charged as a misdemeanor can result in a maximum of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000. Even with a misdemeanor conviction, there are other consequences such as difficulty finding a job, being accepted into certain schools and securing a loan.
A felony conviction on prescription drug fraud can result in up to four years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. However, whether a person faces a felony or misdemeanor charges, it’s always in their best interest to take the charges seriously. A strong defense is needed in all cases involving prescription drug fraud.
Certain drugs are commonly used in crime. The most common include Oxycontin, Adderall, Xanax and Ritalin. While these drugs are widely prescribed legitimately, a fraudulent prescription is severe as they can be misused.
Felony drug charges are serious. As a result, you should take immediate action to fight back.