Prescription medications, such as painkillers, depressants, and stimulants help millions of people to live better lives each and every day. However, unfortunately, there are also people who don’t need them but abuse them; opioid addiction has become an epidemic. As a result, many people have turned to prescription fraud in order to get their hands on such medication through a pharmacy.
Types of Prescription Fraud
It’s important to note that it’s not only patients who commit prescription fraud. Sometimes medical professionals also commit prescription fraud. There are many types of prescription fraud, including:
- Impersonating a medical professional to call in a prescription
- Forging a prescription
- Doctor shopping (visiting multiple doctors to get multiple prescriptions)
- Purchasing drugs from an illegal source
- Filing a false report that your medication has been stolen so that you can get more of it
- Prescribing medication without any real reason
- Obtaining/sharing prescription medication with others
What Are the Penalties for Prescription Fraud in Texas?
The consequences of committing prescription fraud in Texas depend upon the specific circumstances of each case, such as the type of substance involved.
Schedule II through V Substances
If the substance is considered Controlled Schedule II through V, the defendant can be charged with a third-degree felony. This can result in up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Schedule I and II Substances
But if the medication is a Schedule I or II substance, the defendant can be charged with a second-degree felony. This can result in the same fine but up to 20 years in prison.
Accomplices to Prescription Fraud
Additionally, those who help to write an illegal prescription or those who deliver one may be charged with a class A misdemeanor. This can result in up to 12 months in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Charged with Prescription Fraud
Prescription fraud is a very serious crime that can have a major impact on many aspects of your life. That’s why it is so important to take it seriously if you have been charged with prescription fraud. Consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced Houston criminal defense attorney can help you to understand your options and possible defenses and to walk you through the legal process.
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the serious nature of such a criminal charge. That’s why we will work to help you obtain the best possible outcome. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!