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Prescription Drug Crime

Prescription Drug Charges in Minneapolis

You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Everyone knows about the “war on drugs” in the United States. When people talk about the war on drugs, they are usually talking about illegal drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, or heroin. However, it is possible to be charged with a variety of crimes associated with certain prescription drugs. Many types of prescription medications are considered controlled substances. That means their use is regulated by law. Commonly abused prescription drugs include:


  • Anti-anxiety medication such as Ativan, Valium, and Xanax
  • Narcotic painkillers such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin

Many of these drugs, particularly narcotics, are highly addictive even when taken as directed. You may not even realize that you have become addicted to a drug. As a result, you may not recognize when your behavior has crossed a line and begin to become abusive until you are charged with a crime. The moment when you realize that you not only have a problem with the substance, but with the law, can be frightening and overwhelming. If this has happened to you, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.


You Should Not Speak with the Police or Prosecution


The Miranda rights you have seen on TV, including the phrase “what you say can and will be held against you in a court of law,” should be taken very seriously. They really will hold everything you say against you if at all possible. Prescription drug charges may include the following:
  • Possession without a valid prescription
  • Prescription fraud, such as altering or forging prescription slips, stealing blank prescription slips, or getting a prescription for the same drug from more than one doctor
  • Trafficking, which means selling or giving drugs to people who do not have a prescription
  • DUI/DWI if you operate a vehicle while under the influence of certain prescription medications
If you have been charged with a prescription drug crime, it is important to remember that you should not speak with the police or prosecution unless your defense attorney is present. Our philosophy is that defense against prescription drug crimes charges is a very complex matter and should be undertaken with sensitivity and compassion. The last thing you need if you are already struggling with addiction is to deal with consequences that can include:


  • Jail or prison time
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • A driver’s license suspension
  • Loss of educational and professional opportunities

We will work hard to ensure the best possible outcome for your case, and we can also provide you with resources to help combat your addiction. In fact, your defense strategy may be well served by being open to this type of rehabilitation. If you have been charged with a crime relating to prescription drugs, contact us today for your free consultation.