Protect Your Future Against Prescription Drug Charges
Prescription drugs may seem less harmful than street drugs, but all drug charges in Georgia are serious. The law classifies most prescription drug charges as felonies. If you have been charged with possession of prescription drugs, you need an experienced criminal attorney to begin fighting the charges right away.
The lead attorney at The Law Firm of Christopher T. Adams, P.C., has been practicing law for over 25 years and is ready to defend your rights today. We will always work to have your charges dismissed or reduced. If you are facing your first offense, you may be eligible for programs designed to keep your record clean, which will protect your future. We also have experience working with teenagers and college students facing criminal charges.
What Is Prescription Drug Fraud?
Prescription drug fraud can happen in different ways, but Georgia law defines them all as felonies. Examples of prescription drug fraud include:
- Forging a prescription from a doctor
- Stealing a doctor’s prescription pad and using it
- Changing the number of pills on a valid prescription
These are just a few examples of the ways that people try to change or create a prescription without a doctor’s authorization. The penalty for doing so can include prison time, fines or probation. You will also have a felony conviction on your record, which may affect employment, housing and educational opportunities.
The Penalties Are Serious For Georgia Drug Charges
Penalties for possession vary based on which drug you are charged with possessing. Georgia law separates all illegal drugs into schedules, rated from I to V. Here are some examples of prescription drugs found on the schedule:
- Schedule I: No prescription drugs. These are drugs like heroin and ecstasy. The law considers these highly addictive with little or no medicinal purpose.
- Schedule II: Methamphetamine, codeine, opioids and cocaine
- Schedule III: Steroids
- Schedule IV: Xanax and Valium
- Schedule V: Various other prescription drugs that have less potential for abuse
Penalties also depend upon the amount in possession. Possession of Schedule I or II drugs could carry a sentence between two and 30 years in prison. Penalties for possession of Schedule III, IV or V drugs range from one to five years in prison.
At The Law Firm of Christopher T. Adams, P.C., we fight to keep your record clean and keep you out of jail. As a long-standing member of the community, Attorney Adams knows the people and resources to help you.