Not everyone in Arizona is aware that it is against state law to take medications prescribed for someone else or to provide your own prescription medications to others. Misuse of prescription drugs is a nationwide epidemic, and Arizona lawmakers are taking steps to apprehend those involved in prescription drug crimes. If you are facing prescription drug crime charges, your best course of action is to speak with an experienced Tempe drug crimes lawyer as soon as possible. Call AZ Defenders today for dedicated and aggressive criminal defense.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, in the last decade, prescription painkiller deaths have reached epidemic proportions – greater than the deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. A big part of the problem is non-medical use of prescription drugs without a prescription. As stated by The CDC:
Prescription-only medications are intended for use only as prescribed, and only by the persons for whom they were prescribed. Any other use of these drugs is unlawful. Prescription-only drug crimes involve:
Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3406, prescription-only drug crimes may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the offense. Possession or use (with no intent to sell) is a class one misdemeanor. If convicted, a person with no prior criminal history may face probation, fines, and drug rehab, with no jail time, provided probation is successfully completed. On the other hand, possession with the intent to sell and sale of prescription-only drugs without a valid license are charged as class six and class four felonies, respectively. These felony crimes carry stiffer penalties, including potential incarceration.
Our attorneys are adept at finding any weakness in the prosecution’s case and using it to our client’s advantage. We will utilize every applicable defense against prescription-only drug crime charges, including: no proof of possession; no specific intent to sell; and suppression of evidence due to illegal searches, Miranda and right-to-counsel violations, illegally forced confessions, and other violations of our clients’ constitutional rights.
Being charged with a prescription-only drug crime in Tempe, Arizona is a serious matter, and conviction carries serious penalties. Contact AZ Defenders today for the dedicated advocacy and experienced representation you need.