Addiction to prescription medication has become a widespread problem in the United States over recent years. As opposed to illegal substances like heroin, meth, or cocaine, prescription medication is prescribed by a doctor and is legal to consume if you are the person to whom the drug is prescribed.

What is prescription fraud in AZ?

Prescription fraud can come in many forms, including but not limited to the situations described below:

  1. A person is prescribed medication by a doctor and then sells or gives the drugs to others.
  2. A doctor prescribes a dosage too high or for too long a period of time.
  3. A person fakes an injury or illness in attempts to obtain a prescription.
  4. A person falsifies identification documents in attempts to obtain a prescription.
  5. A person attempts to forge a prescription.
  6. A person attempts to have legitimate prescriptions filled at numerous locations.
  7. A doctor prescribes drugs to a patient for recreational purposes, rather than medicinal.

Basically, prescription fraud can occur if any situation other than this occurs: a doctor legitimately prescribes medication for a legitimate illness or injury and the person to whom the medicine is prescribed is the only person consuming or interacting with the drugs.

Charges for Prescription Fraud in Arizona

A.R.S. 13-3406 defines the penalties and charges for prescription fraud in AZ, which depend upon the details of the offense.

-Possess or use a prescription-only drug without a valid prescription from a licensed prescriber: class 1 misdemeanor.

-Possess equipment and chemicals for the purpose of manufacturing a prescription-only drug without the proper license: class 1 misdemeanor.

-Manufacture a prescription-only drug without the proper license: class 1 misdemeanor.

-Administer a prescription-only drug to another person whose possession violates Arizona law: class 1 misdemeanor.

-Obtain a prescription-only drug by fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation: class 1 misdemeanor.

-Possess a prescription-only drug for sale without the proper license: class 6 felony.

-Unless authorized to do so, transports for sale, imports into this state, or offers to transport for sale or import into this state any prescription-only drugs: class 6 felony.

Penalties for Prescription Fraud in AZ

A conviction for prescription fraud in Arizona can land someone with jail or prison time, hefty fines, mandatory drug treatment, driver’s license suspension, community service, probation, and a damaging criminal record.

Arizona Drug Crimes Attorney

If you’ve been accused of prescription fraud in AZ, the drug crime lawyers at JacksonWhite can help you decrease your penalties and charges and will work to get you into a rehabilitation program to avoid incarceration. Call us today at (480) 467-4370 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a dedicated JacksonWhite criminal attorney today.

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