Many people depend on prescription drugs to treat serious medical injuries and illnesses. However, these drugs are extremely powerful and can easily be abused. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused, including:
- Opioids, which are used to treat pain and include OxyContin, Vicodin and Demerol
- Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders and include Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin
- Stimulants, which are used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy, and include Adderall and Ritalin
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in California and the rest of the United States, which has led to many people being accused of illegal prescription drug possession, possession for sale, prescription drug trafficking, manufacturing, or distribution.
Prescription crimes such as doctor shopping and doctors fraudulently prescribing drugs are also extremely common, and they often involve people who would never be suspected of violating the law.
If you have found yourself facing any type of prescription drug-related offense in Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad or Escondido, then you need an effective and dedicated criminal defense lawyer on your side. The prescription drugs defense attorneys of Christoph Law Offices will create a defense strategy that protects your future.
Potential Consequences of a Prescription Drug Conviction
California officials know that there is a prescription drug epidemic, which is why they take these charges extremely seriously. Even if the drugs you are accused of handling are not illegal per se, you still face fines, possible jail or prison time, and damage to your reputation and future.
The specific terms of the sentence you face will depend on factors including whether it is a state or federal charge, the type and amount of prescription drugs involved, and your past criminal record.
Don't Let Prescription Drug Charges Ruin Your Life
Call defense attorneys Nicholas and William Christoph at 760-659-2149 or contact us online for a free consultation and more information about possible outcomes in your case. We have been located across from the Vista courthouse for more than 30 years and have handled numerous prescription drug cases.