Prescription Fraud and Possession of Analogues
Acquire or Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud, Forgery, Deception
A person in possession of a forged prescription note from a doctor’s office and attempts to pass it at the pharmacy is guilty of a felony in Michigan punishable by up to 4 years in prison or a fine of not more than $30,000.00, or both. The pharmacist usually is the one who will call the police upon recognizing that the prescription is false. The police arrive and arrest the offender before any transaction has been made for the prescription. Our drug crime attorneys have represented clients in similar scenarios.
Prescription fraud or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is an offense which occurs when someone works at a medical facility and can obtain blank prescriptions. The prescriptions are falsely used to get drugs which have become a problem (addiction) to the offender. The substances such as Vicodin, Oxycodone, Xanax, Valium and other habit forming drugs/analogues are often the substances pursued in cases involving prescription fraud.
Possession of Analogues
Possession of analogue drugs without a recent valid prescription is a crime in Michigan which is punished as a felony.
Our goal is to identify the substance abuse issues which may have caused the offender to commit prescription fraud, forgery of a prescription or illegal possession of analogues. There are many common traits of a person that is hooked on prescription drugs. Unfortunately, many youthful offenders get caught up with these drugs. Youthful offenders can get prescription drugs on the streets or obtain them from the medicine cabinets of friends or family members. These drugs can be deadly and often are mixed with alcohol which is dangerous mixture. Other clients have had these drugs prescribed (such as pain killers) after a medical procedure and a habit can occur if the drugs are not monitored or are abused after they are necessary.
Once we identify the underlying issues of a client, we can make recommendations for appropriate substance abuse counseling and medical attention which can make a big difference in a criminal case. There are special provisions of Michigan laws which may be available for youthful offenders (age 17 but under age 21) or adults (MCL 333.7411) which can be used to gain a dismissal of the offense.
Contact the Abdo Law Firm immediately if you are being investigated or charged with any Michigan drug crime. Do not make common mistakes like talking to the police or consenting to a search. Refusing consent to search does not give the police probable cause.