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Understanding Drug Crimes

Denver Prescription Drug Defense Attorney

Serving Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams Counties

Although prescription drugs provide pain relief, treat depression and even save lives, the abuse of these medications has become a national epidemic. From possessing a controlled substance without a valid prescription to falsifying a prescription to gain access to prescribed drugs, the penalties associated with prescription drug crimes in Colorado are quite severe.

If you have been arrested for a prescription drug crime in Denver, look no further than the Law Offices of David L. Owner, Jr., P.C. for skilled legal representation. With 33 years of legal experience handling various drug crimes, I understand what it takes to either get your entire case dismissed or have your charges and/or penalties reduced. Do not hesitate to get your life back on the right track immediately.

If you have been arrested for prescription drug possession or other drug-related crime, contact the Law Offices of David L. Owner, Jr., P.C. at (303) 622-3281 today.

What are the Penalties for Prescription Drug Crimes in Colorado?

It is against the law to possess prescribed drugs without a valid prescription in the state. The charges and penalties suspects face depends on the schedule (category) of a controlled substance. For example, since OxyContin, codeine, morphine, methadone, and Vicodin are all Schedule II drugs, possession of four grams or less of a Schedule II substance is a level 6 felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of one and a half years and a fine of up to $100,000. Unlawful possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to 18 months and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Unlawful sale or distribution of no more than four grams of a Schedule II controlled substance is a level 3 felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 12 years and a fine of up to $750,000. Unlawful sale or distribution of no more than four grams of a Schedule III or IV controlled substance is a level 4 felony, which carries a prison sentence of up to six years and a fine of up to $500,000.

Prescription fraud involves obtaining access to prescription drugs in a fraudulent manner, from forging a prescription to using a fake name and address. Prescription fraud is a level 4 felony.

Can I Share My Prescription Drugs?

In short, no. According to state and federal law, no one is allowed to distribute a prescription without a medical license, and a prescription cannot be given to anyone other than to whom it was prescribed. While it may seem nice to give someone your old antibiotics, even handing over one pill is a crime, especially if that prescription is a controlled substance.

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As you can see, the penalties from a prescription drug crime conviction can change your life forever. In order to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom, I am committed to mounting a strong defense on your behalf. From start to finish, I will fight for the best results possible.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. For more information from our prescription drug defense attorney, contact us or call (303) 622-3281

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