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Charged with a Prescription Drug Offense?

If you have been charged with possession or illegal use of a prescription drug, you are not alone.  The misuse of prescription drugs has been described by some as an epidemic.  But epidemic or not, the law in Arizona is clear:  it prohibits the possession and use of prescription drugs without a valid prescription.  There are also other prescription drug offenses, including possession for sale, sale, manufacture, and transportation.  Finally, forgery, fraud and other crimes are often involved along with the more basic drug offenses.


Prescription Only Drugs, Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics

Prescription only drugs represent one category of controlled substances under Arizona law.  They do not include dangerous drugs or narcotic drugs, as those terms are defined in A.R.S. 13-3401.  They include, however, drugs which fit into one or more of the following categories:

In addition to prescription only drugs, there are a host of other drugs that are dispensed by prescription.  They include many substances classified as dangerous drugs (for example, alprazolam (Xanax)), as well as narcotic drugs (for example, codeine).  While these drugs are alike in that they may all dispensed via prescription, the classification and penalties applicable to illegal possession vary depending upon how the drug is classified:

Obviously, the potential penalties increase where there is a sale (or intent to sell), transportation, manufacture, offer to sell, or similar conduct alleged in a case.

Additional Offenses Related to Prescription Drugs

At The Feldman Law Firm, we understand how drug problems can lead to issues in addition to simple illegal possession of prescription drugs.  Some of the effects of the use and abuse of medication can result in wide-ranging charges, such as:

In addition to whatever penalties you may face for illegal possession, charges such as those listed above will subject you to further penalties, and in some cases the additional charge may be classified as a felony.  Depending upon your prior criminal history, you could also be facing mandatory jail or prison time.

While some prescription drug charges may be treated more leniently than other drug crimes, all these offenses are serious, and carry substantial penalties in the event of a conviction.  We understand what you are going through.  We also understand how substance abuse problems can lead to the accumulation of charges which can result in life-altering sentences.  At The Feldman Law Firm, we are here to help.  Whatever charges you may be facing, we know how to develop a cogent strategy for your defense, and we will do everything within our power to see to it that your charges are dismissed or reduced.  Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your prescription drug case.

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