Prescription Drug Fraud
Prescription drug fraud is on the rise in New Hampshire and across the United States. And authorities are stepping up their efforts to put those who are convicted on drug fraud charges behind bars.
If you are facing prescription drug fraud charges, you’ll want criminal defense lawyer Michael Anzalone on your team. And he’ll advise you to NEVER speak to the police without legal representation. Anything you say could harm your case when you go before a judge.What is Prescription Drug Fraud?
Prescription drug fraud happens every day across the country. It’s happening in different ways. Sometimes a patient forges a prescription from a physician. Sometimes people break into doctor’s offices, steal prescription pads and force a prescription for various drugs. Other times, doctors are involved.
The crime happens across social statues, whether it’s the blue collar crowd or professional people. But the penalties are the same: harsh. Especially in New Hampshire, where 428 people died from drug overdoses in 2015.
In one recent case, a 36-year-old man from Concord, New Hampshire, was ordered to serve 100 months in prison for his participation in an oxycodone distribution scheme. Officials said the man used “runners” to pass dozens of false prescriptions for OxyContin pills at pharmacies in the area. Then, in exchange for either cash or drugs, the runners would give the drugs to the man, who sold them, or had others sell them on his behalf.
This is a perfect example of a large-scale prescription fraud scheme.
Sometimes druggists at pharmacies notice the fake prescriptions and refuse to fill the medication. Other times, the prescriptions are filled with no issues.
The issue of prescription drug fraud is covered in the state statutes, RSA 318-B:2, which states that it’s against the law for anyone to “manufacture, possess, have under his control, sell, purchase, prescribe, administer, or transport or possess with intent to sell, or compound any controlled drug, or controlled drug analog, or any preparation containing a controlled drug ...”
And fraud, under the law, is defined as “intentional deception resulting in injury to another.”
If you have been caught illegally obtaining drugs through prescription fraud, you’ll need to talk to an attorney who understands New Hampshire’s strict drug laws. That man is criminal defense lawyer Michael Anzalone. He will work tirelessly to help you get the best possible outcome.
If you’re convicted, your attorney may be able to get a reduced sentence for you. But you’ll probably be ordered into extensive rehabilitation programs, which come at a cost to you.
And, if you are convicted of prescription drug fraud, you also may lose driving privileges for a period of time and you also could lose your job, or your changes for future job opportunities. If you’ve been dealing with drug-related issues, you’ve probably also worn thin relationships with family members and friends.
So, even if you get a reduced sentence, you still have a long road ahead of you.
This is why you’ll want to contact The Anzalone Law Firm today for a free consultation. We are here for you 24/7.