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.