Houston Prescription Drug Crime Lawyer
Challenging Charges Involving Prescription Drugs
Just because the prescription ran out doesn't mean the pain is gone.
Every year, thousands of people in South Texas are forced into forging
a prescription for pain medication or shopping around for a doctor who
will renew a prescription illegally. Maybe it has happened to you. It's
not that you intended to commit a crime. You just want relief from the pain.
If you have been charged with prescription medication fraud, talk to attorney
Jed Silverman right away. The Law Offices of Jed Silverman is recognized
by prosecutors, judges and legal professionals as one of the most prominent
criminal defense firms representing people charged with drug crimes. We
do everything possible to investigate and gather evidence showing that
you don't deserve to go to jail or face a conviction because of your
need for medication.
Call us if your prescription drug charges resulted from any of these circumstances:
- Forged prescriptions
- Stolen prescription pad
- Identity theft
- Stolen prescription medication
- Possession without a prescription
- Illegal Internet drug sales or purchases
Anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax are relatively easy to obtain legally
from a physician. However, the quantities are usually limited. Acquiring
more pills may mean committing a prescription drug crime. If you are facing
charges, you need a strong defense attorney on your side.
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman provides tough, experienced drug defense
representation for state and federal offenses. Possessing small amounts
of a Schedule IV drug such as Xanax is typically charged as a misdemeanor.
Possession with intent to sell, manufacturing or trafficking a Schedule
IV drug are charged as felonies in state or federal courts. Prescription
drug charges may be charged in conjunction with federal offenses such
as drug conspiracy, forgery, mail and wire fraud, or RICO/racketeering.
The penalties for conviction of a federal crime depend on the specifics
of your offense, but may include a minimum five-year prison sentence,
fines, and probation.
Pain medications have been a top focus for law enforcement agencies due
to their high potential for abuse and injuries/deaths. Medications such
as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and other opiates are common in Texas. Under
Texas law, these drugs fall within Penalty Group 1, and therefore subject
individuals charged with possession to serious penalties.
Our legal team consistently works with clients charged with possession
of pain medication and works toward the most favorable resolutions possible,
including alternative sentencing arrangements that protect our clients’
freedoms and futures.
Soma, also called Vanadom and carisoprodol, is a prescription muscle relaxant.
This Schedule IV drug may be prescribed as a pill that also contains codeine.
It is sold in Mexican pharmacies under the name Somacid, and is often
abused with alcohol, heroin and hydrocodone/Vicodin. Possession and distribution
of Soma without a prescription is illegal in Texas.
Some common ways in which prescription drugs are obtained illegally include
the theft of another person's prescription or prescription pad, the
forging of a false prescription and the altering of an otherwise legitimate
prescription. In Texas, possessing small amounts of a Schedule IV drug
such as Soma is usually charged as a misdemeanor. Possession with intent
to sell, manufacturing or trafficking a Schedule IV drug are charged as
felonies in state or federal courts. Oftentimes, prescription
drug crimes are charged in conjunction with other federal offenses such as drug conspiracy.
Conviction of a federal crime may include a minimum five-year prison sentence.
Prescription Drug Defense in Harris County & Across Texas
It may be of some comfort to know that we have an excellent record of having
prescription drug charges reduced or dismissed. The truth is, prosecutors
would rather not throw good, well-meaning people in jail. But getting
charged with any drug offense is a confusing and frightening time. For
many first offenses, prosecutors and judges are more interested in ensuring
that you have access to the addiction recovery you need. They understand
that a jail sentence for a simple possession charge is far less effective
than helping people get into programs that will help them avoid drugs
in the future. Relying on our thorough understanding of how the justice
system views and handles drug cases, we work hard to help our clients
get into diversion programs and stay out of jail when possible.
To discuss your case,
contact our firm at (713) 597-2221.