Oklahoma has a prescription drug abuse problem. According to the Oklahoma Health Department, prescription drug overdose surpassed car accidents to become that state’s leading cause of accidental deaths in 2009. In 2012, the state was ranked fifth in the country in terms of the unintentional poisoning deaths, most of them dude to prescription drug overdoses. Since Oklahoma has experienced an increased number of overdose deaths from prescribed medication, the state has taken extreme measures to crack down on the epidemic by harshly prosecuting those guilty of prescription drug crimes.
If you have been charged with a prescription drug crime, our Norman criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Keith J. Nedwick is dedicated to protecting your rights and future. With more than five decades of collective experience, we understand what it takes to get the most favorable results possible in drug crime cases.
Possession of prescribed medication without a valid prescription is considered a criminal offense. Illegal possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (i.e. codeine, oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, Vicodin, etc.) is a felony offense, which is punishable by a prison sentence between two and ten years, as well as a fine of up to $5,000. Illegal possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance is a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000.
Distribution or sale of a Schedule II narcotic is a felony that results in a prison sentence between two years and life, as well as a fine of up to $100,000. Distribution or sale of a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance is also a felony, punishable by a prison sentence between two years and life and a maximum fine of $20,000.
Prescription fraud is described as gaining access, or attempting to obtain, specific prescribed drugs through deception, misrepresentation, or other types of fraud. Common examples include altering or forging a prescription or using another name or address to obtain medication. Conviction of first-time prescription fraud is a felony, carrying a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Not only do prescription drug crimes result in prison time and fines, but also a permanent criminal record that can cause significant damage to your reputation and personal life. Because of the severity of the penalties, it is in your best interest to obtain experienced legal counsel. Our firm can do our best to either get your case dismissed altogether or reduce the charges and penalties against you.
Contact us and discuss your case with our Norman criminal defense lawyer today.