People from many different backgrounds can become addicted to painkillers and other prescription drugs. An addiction to prescription medication is devastating, and this problem can lead many people to attempt to obtain drugs and other controlled substances by fraud, deceit, or forgery. Most often such crimes are charged under Va. Code 18.2-258.1.
If you or someone you love has been charged with prescription drug possession, prescription fraud, possession of fraudulent or forged prescriptions, or another drug charge in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Alexandria, or elsewhere in Northern Virginia, Manikas Law, LLC can help. At Manikas Law, LLC, we have the experience and skills needed to help you overcome your criminal charges so you can return to a full and productive life.
What Are Common Prescription Drug Possession Offenses?
There are a variety of crimes associated with prescription drugs. Some examples of criminal charges and activity related to prescription medication and other drugs include:
- Prescription drug possession
- Possession of fraudulent prescriptions
- Stolen prescription pads
- Calling in fraudulent prescriptions to a pharmacy
- Using computers to create fraudulent prescriptions
- Illegally altering or changing valid scripts
Penalties for Prescription Drug Fraud in Virginia
Every case is different and involves different facts and circumstances. However, if we're unable to have your drug charge reduced or dismissed, we may be able to negotiate a reduced or suspended sentence. Sometimes it's possible to work out a sentencing option involving drug treatment, community service, fines, and other alternatives to jail.
In Fairfax and Northern Virginia, whether you're facing a felony or misdemeanor crime depends on the type of drug and the amount of drug or controlled substance you allegedly possessed. You could face these penalties:
- Schedule II drugs include powerful painkillers and stimulants such as methadone, Ritalin, morphine, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Possession of these types of drugs is a felony with a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
- Schedule III drugs include medications such as Vicodin, hydrocodone, Special K, Fentanyl, steroids, and other depressants. Possessing these drugs is a misdemeanor and the potential penalty is up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
- Schedule IV drugs include less-addicting painkillers, tranquilizers, and anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, Valium, and others. This is a Class 2 misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Contact an Experienced Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Prescription Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
The most common mistake made by people charged with a crime is waiting too long to hire a lawyer. The earlier you contact Manikas Law, LLC, the sooner we can begin preparing your defense. Call or e-mail to schedule a consultation.