As with most drug crimes, the consequences associated with prescription drug violations can be quite severe in the state of Maryland. In recent years, prescription drug abuse has become a widespread problem across the United States. In response to what many deem a national crisis, prescription drug violations are high priorities for law enforcement on the local and federal levels. In making prescription drug issues a high priority, those charged with such crimes may be in more trouble than they believe.
Some of the most common prescription drug violations include:
— Possessing drugs without a valid prescription
— Forging prescriptions or obtaining prescription medication by fraud
— Doctor shopping, or visiting multiple health care providers to obtain prescriptions
— Selling prescription drugs
In Maryland, most prescription drug-related charges are misdemeanors, but even so, those convicted will likely face life-changing consequences. For example, forging a prescription could lead to a two-year jail sentence combined with a $1,000 fine. Even the most lenient drug charges could mean at least six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Further, those who have been charged with such drug crimes often face other charges at the same time. For example, if a person is caught with unlawful prescription drugs while driving a motor vehicle, his or her charges may increase.
Because each prescription drug case is unique, it is usually beneficial to seek advice from a criminal defense attorney. Doing so ensures your rights remain protected and that your case undergoes a thorough investigation by a professional who is on your side. In some cases, it is possible to have the charges against you reduced or even dismissed.
Source: Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, “Sentencing Guidelines Offense Table,” accessed Sep. 12, 2016
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