Some Texas residents hold valid prescriptions for certain drugs. Others obtain, or attempt to obtain, prescription drugs through illegal methods. Offenses involving prescription drugs are serious in nature, and if authorities charge you with one, you may face serious legal repercussions if that charge ultimately leads to a conviction.
According to the Dallas Police, Texas sees prescription fraud as a serious offense, and you may face potentially life-altering penalties in the aftermath.
What constitutes prescription drug fraud
Many different actions have the potential to lead to prescription fraud charges. Presenting a prescription with a fake signature is one such example. Forging a signature on a prescription or obtaining and using a physician’s prescription form is another. Trying to obtain prescription drugs through fraudulent phone calls, or possessing prescription drugs obtained using a forced, fictitious or altered signature may also lead to prescription fraud charges, among other possible examples.
What penalties you may face for prescription drug fraud
The penalties you may face after a prescription fraud conviction may vary based on the type of drug at the center of the case. However, most prescription drug charges are either Class A or Class B misdemeanors. After a conviction for a Class A misdemeanor, you may have to pay up to $4,000 and spend up to a year behind bars. Yet, if the drug obtained through illegal means is more serious in nature, so, too, are the associated penalties.
Facing a prescription fraud charge may have you feeling understandable anxiety. Try to keep in mind, however, that not every charge winds up leading to a conviction.