Los Angeles Prescription Fraud Lawyers
Anyone charged with prescription fraud could face serious legal consequences in the state of California. Even if you did not intentionally commit this crime, authorities may still hold you accountable if certain laws were violated.
What is Prescription Fraud?
This type of crime occurs when someone attempts to obtain prescribed medications without having a valid prescription from a doctor. Prescription fraud can be committed by creating a fake prescription, altering the details on a physician’s prescription, or stealing a doctor’s prescription pad to write fake prescriptions for yourself or other people. In California, you could also be charged with this crime if authorities find you in possession of a controlled substance and you are unable to show proof that it was prescribed by a doctor. A doctor may also be charged with prescription fraud if he or she knowingly wrote a prescription for a patient that was not necessary.
Prescription Fraud Penalties in California
Depending on the severity of the crime, you may receive a misdemeanor or felony charge. A misdemeanor conviction will likely mean that you will have to spend one year in a county jail. For each felony charge, a three-year prison sentence is generally imposed. Additional fines may also have to be paid.
How Our Law Firm Can Help You
If you are facing prescription fraud charges, we can act as your legal representative while your case is being decided. When you become a client of ours, we will:
Carefully Review Your Case: We will look at all the details of your case so that we can attempt to put together a defense strategy that will work in your favor. Your specific charges will be reviewed so that we can try to determine whether or not these charges should actually apply to you. We will also look at the actions that were taken by the authorities at the time of your arrest in order to identify any misconduct that may have jeopardized your rights.
Explain Your Rights and Obligations: Regardless of the nature of the alleged crime, you are entitled to certain legal rights. Information regarding your rights will be thoroughly explained so that you will stand a better chance of protecting yourself while dealing with the justice system. We will also inform you of your legal obligations so that you will not get into even more trouble with the law.
Argue on Your Behalf in Court: A representative from our firm will present your case before a judge and argue on your behalf while attempting to get you the most lenient sentence possible. If your innocence can be proven, we may even be able to have your charges dismissed altogether. If you are called to the stand to give a testimony, we will make sure you are fully prepared to answer all questions and object to any unlawful actions taken by the prosecution.
You do not have to deal with your prescription fraud case alone, and our law firm in Los Angeles can assist you throughout the entire legal process. Contact us now for a consultation.