Have you or your loved one been charged with illegal possession or distribution of prescription drugs in Cincinnati, OH? It’s one of the common charges in the state. Being convicted of a drug crime can have a lasting impact on your life.
Therefore, you need to hire the best Cincinnati prescription drugs lawyer from Patituce & Associates to make sure you get the best outcome from your case. Call us now at 513-657-2440 for a free case review and consultation.
What Are the Typical Prescription Drugs Used in Drug Crimes?
Some of the commonly abused prescription drugs include the following:
- Opioids – They are often described as pain relief medication.
- Benzodiazepines and Barbiturates – Usually prescribed for anxiety and sleep problems.
- Stimulants – Usually prescribed for people with sleep disorders and ADHD.
If you are charged with the possession or illegal distribution of any of these substances in OH, you need to work with the best prescription drug lawyers in Cincinnati. At Patituce & Associates, we are ready to help you and your loved one navigate any legal challenges that may come up with this charge.
What Are Some of the Common Prescription Drug Crimes?
The following are some of the most common prescription drug charges we defend clients from as Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys.
Under Ohio Law, you are prohibited from knowingly acquiring or possessing a controlled substance unless under the following conditions:
- You are a manufacturer, pharmacy owner or pharmacist, or licensed health professional who is licensed to prescribe drugs.
- You have a valid prescription for the drug issued by a licensed medical professional authorized to prescribe drugs.
You will be charged with drug possession if you have prescription drugs and are not able to produce a valid prescription from an authorized licensed health professional. You may also be charged if the number of drugs you have is more than the permitted amount.
Prescription Drug Fraud
Prescription drug fraud means gaining access to prescribed medications through dishonest means. Common types of this type of fraud include forging a prescription and misrepresenting your personal information to obtain a prescription.
The law also prohibits having an uncompleted pre-printed blank prescription for a dangerous drug.
Illegal Dispensing of Drug Samples
If you give somebody a drug sample when you aren’t authorized to do so, you can be charged with illegal dispensing of drug samples in Ohio. This would include an example such as a sales representative of a pharmaceutical company who gives samples of narcotic pain medication to a friend without a prescription for the drug.
What Are the Penalties for Prescription Drug Crimes in Ohio?
The penalties you may receive for prescription drug crimes depend on the amount in your possession, the type of controlled substance, and if you have previous drug convictions.
The DEA classifies drugs into different schedules depending on their level of addictiveness and if they have medical uses. Schedule I is the most serious and Schedule V is the least serious. Different prescription medicines fall into Schedules II through V.
Schedule III, IV, or V Drugs
If you have a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance without a prescription, you are likely going to be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. The maximum sentence is 6 months of jail time and $1,000 in fines.
If you have a previous drug offense, you will be charged with a 5th-degree felony and can be punished with up to 1 year in jail and $2,500 in fines.
If you’re caught with less than the bulk amount of a Schedule II drug, you’ll be charged with a fifth-degree felony. You can be sentenced to up 12 months in prison and fined up to $2,500.
Possessing the bulk amount or more, but less than 5 times the bulk amount, is a 3rd-degree felony. You could face a prison sentence of up to five years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Possession of greater than 5 times the bulk amount but less than 50 times the bulk amount qualifies as a 2nd-degree felony. This carries a maximum prison sentence of 8 years and a fine of up to $15,000.
Talk to an Experienced Cincinnati Prescription Drugs Lawyer!
If you or your loved one has been charged with prescription drug crimes in Ohio, you need to call us immediately. Our goal at Patituce & Associates is to either get your entire case dismissed or reduce the charges and/or penalties you face.