The phrase "doctor shopping" has taken on a very negative meaning in recent years. Today, it typically refers to visiting multiple physicians or health care providers in an attempt to obtain multiple prescriptions for the same drug.
Drug charges are unquestionably serious charges for anyone facing them. Drug charges can include drug possession charges, intent to distribute charges, drug trafficking charges or other drug-related charges and can carry significant penalties and consequences. Potential penalties for drug charges, depending on the drug crime charged and the circumstances, can include time in prison, steep fines and other negative consequences.
A few weeks ago, this blog reviewed the penalties associated with marijuana possession in the state of Georgia. Anyone convicted of possession could lose his or her driving privileges for a minimum of 180 days for a first offense. Restoring the license requires several hundred dollars in court fees. In addition to the legal penalties, there is the social stigma that may accompany a drug possession conviction. These factors create difficult hurdles for individuals trying to get their life back on track after a conviction.
The criminal justice system has undergone a major sea change over the past few months. This change of approach towards some non-violent offenders has led to the largest release of federal inmates in history. Over the past week, a reported 6,000 non-violent drug offenders were released back into society.
Willful possession of certain drugs is a crime in the state of Georgia. Charges of drug possession also include the possession of drug paraphernalia. In some cases, the possession of substances that are used to make certain illegal substances can also lead to drug charges.
Anyone can be accused of a crime. It does not matter your social economic status or your title. Everyone is subject to the criminal justice system. A criminal accusation of any kind can have devastating effects on a defendant's ability to make a living or to rehabilitate their reputation in the community. Lawyers, despite the punchline of many jokes, are respected members of their communities. The discipline required to complete law school and pass the bar garners the admiration and respect of many. Recently, a Georgia attorney was arrested after allegedly distributing illegal drugs instead of legal advice.
Imagine sitting in your home and watching police take it over. The fear and shock of the moment would escalate even more when police enter the bedroom of your sleeping 19 month old. Soon you hear an explosion from the baby's room. Later you discover a flash bang grenade was thrown into his crib and he now suffers from irreversible damage. This is the reality for one Georgia family during a 2014 house raid that went horribly wrong.
Facing drug charges can be a very freighting ordeal. The prospect of doing prison time compounded with the many other penalties drug charges can bring is a situation no one would want to find themselves in. While it may be easy to look back and point to mistakes made leading up to the charges, doing so will not help the current situation at all. First, it’s important to understand some of the drug charges that can be mounted against an individual.
When an individual is pulled over, they could face a traffic violation. In some cases, a police office may find reason to search a vehicle, which could lead to additional charges that could be criminal.
Physicians generally have the public trust. When an individual is in pain, he or she visits the doctor to find relief. Any prescriptions that are given are believed to help, not harm the patient. One Georgia physician, however, is having his reputation called into question after facing drug charges.