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Prescription Drug Offenses FAQ

If a person is arrested for possession of a prescription drug, is a prison sentence mandatory?

The facts can vary greatly in each case. A person with a clean criminal record found to have an amount of a prescription medication for personal use but no valid prescription will face different penalties than someone who has multiple convictions. A person found to have a larger quantity of pharmaceuticals will face more serious charges. In some cases imprisonment is mandatory. Depending upon the circumstances instead of a jail or prison sentence the person may be eligible for a drug court program. If you are facing drug related charges talk to a Columbus prescription drug crime attorney who can explain the avenues which are open to you.

Is it a crime to just share my painkillers with a friend?

Yes. It is against the law to supply another person with a controlled substance unless you are a medical professional and the medication is being administered for a medical condition. The law defining drug trafficking includes transfer, exchange, gift and barter.

What is prescription drug trafficking?

Trafficking includes preparing a controlled substance (such as amphetamines, Vicodin or OxyContin) for delivery, transportation or shipping for sale or offering to sell or knowingly selling a controlled substance. Depending upon the circumstances trafficking in prescription drugs could result in more severe consequences than some street drug offenses. This includes the drugs OxyContin, Xanax, Vicodin, Percocet, Robaxin, Soma, and others.

If I have a valid prescription can I still be get in trouble for driving after taking my medication?

Producing a valid prescription simply means you will not be charged with illegal possession. Depending upon the type of medication and its effects you may be arrested for driving while impaired by a medication. If you are convicted your license will be suspended in addition to any other penalties. A prescription drug offense lawyer should be consulted to help you protect your rights.

How is drug court different from regular court?

The drug court program is a rehabilitation program which has proven to be very successful in assisting those who are determined to rebuild their lives and avoid drug abuse in the future. This program is administered by the court. Those who successfully complete the program also avoid having a drug conviction on their record. An experienced prescription drug offenses lawyer at the firm is very familiar with the drug court requirements and often assists eligible clients to enter the program.

If you have questions about your drug crime case, contact a Columbus prescription drug crime attorney at the firm for answers.

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