Prescription Drugs

Most prescription drugs contain a small amount of a dangerous drug that, unless prescribed by a certified physician to a patient with a valid need, is considered an illegal controlled substance. Commonly abused prescription drugs include, but are not limited to:

  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Vicodin®
  • OxyContin
  • Valium
  • Xanax

Even high-dosage ibuprofen or acetaminophen tablets can be addictive and highly abused. Each of these drugs is prescription-only for a reason: they are dangerous to a patient's health when overused. That is why it is illegal to prescribe a drug to someone who does not need it; to obtain a prescription through fraud or deception; to forge a prescription; or to alter a prescription. 720 ILCS 570/406.2 states that prescription fraud is a Class 4 felony for a first offense and a Class 3 felony for each subsequent offense. The penalties include 1-3 years of imprisonment for a first offense, and 2-5 years of imprisonment for a second or subsequent offense, as well as a fine of up to $100,000 for a first offense and $200,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

Why Hire A Defense Attorney For Prescription Fraud?

Only a Champaign criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience will be able to fight your charges of prescription fraud. Whether you are a doctor facing charges or an individual arrested for fraud, do not hesitate to retain a lawyer. Call Patel Law, PC right away to discuss your legal options. Our firm has what it takes to have your charges dismissed.

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The sooner you speak with a drug crime lawyer, the sooner you can begin building a strong defense. Our firm has handled all types of criminal defense cases over the past 20 years and is more than capable of obtaining favorable results. Contact us right away to set up your free case evaluation and determine the best action to take with the help of a Champaign drug crime attorney from Patel Law, PC.