Borrowing a pill from a family member or friend, or purchasing them from an unauthorized source, taking another person’s prescription medications may lead have serious implications. In fact, depending on the type of medication, you may face criminal charges if found in possession of a drug not prescribed to you by a licensed physician.
Understanding the laws as they apply to share prescriptions may help you avoid unnecessary criminal consequences.
Prescription drug charges
According to state law, you may face drug charges for unlawfully possessing prescription medications. Certain prescription medications, including narcotic pain relievers, classify as controlled substances, similar to street drugs such as methamphetamine or cocaine. You may face possession charges if found to have or found to intend to have such drugs without a valid prescription.
In some situations, the authorities may charge you with illegally obtaining prescription drugs. Prescription fraud charges may result from circumstances, including obtaining a controlled substance when not medically necessary, using a fraudulent or misrepresented prescription to obtain certain medications, or using a Schedule II medication prescribed to another person.
Penalties for prescription drug offenses
The penalties you may face if convicted of a prescription drug offense vary based on many factors. The court may consider the type of controlled substance in your possession and the amount of the illicit drug in your possession at the time of your arrest.
An arrest for drug charges relating to prescription medication may send your life down a path you never intended. However, working to develop a strong defense against the charges you face may help you protect your rights and your future.