Prescription Drug Charges Are Increasing
The increase of the availability of painkillers and other prescription drugs has resulted in an increase in individuals who are abusing prescriptions for recreational purposes. Broward County has become the No. 1 pill distribution center for the United States. Law enforcement officials in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the region have realized the ease with which prescriptions may be obtained here and as such have started to become stricter in their policies regarding arrests and prosecution of individuals found to be in possession of or trafficking prescription drugs.
At the law firm of Andrew M. Coffey, P.A., clients trust their drug crime and other criminal law matters to me, attorney Andrew M. Coffey. I am board certified by the Florida Bar as a criminal trial law specialist and have been handling criminal defense matters since 1996. A conviction on a prescription drug charge may leave you with large monetary fines, jail time, the loss of a professional license and a permanent criminal record. However, it may be possible to negotiate an alternative sentence with the prosecution, seeking rehabilitation instead of incarceration in certain instances.
A new ruling by a federal judge in Florida has put the constitutionality of all statutes related to drug charges in doubt. Contact me to discuss your case and determine if there is an opportunity to have your conviction or charges reduced or dismissed.
I stand up for the rights of clients facing prescription drug charges involving many types of prescription drugs, including:
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin and Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Diazepam (Valium)
In many prescription drug cases, the police have made a wrongful arrest because of the individual’s possession of a controlled substance without any documentation to show that it is actually a legitimate prescription for themselves, or they had picked up a prescription for a family member. Police often try to turn these wrongful arrests into forfeiture proceedings, where they seize and attempt to sell your property. It is important to involve an attorney early in your drug crime case, as I may be able to seek a dismissal of the charges before they even get to court or pursue another avenue of resolution as soon as possible in order to prevent the forfeiture.
In addition to individuals facing prescription drug possession and trafficking charges, an individual may be charged with prescription forgery. This can occur when someone allegedly stole a prescription pad from a doctor’s office in order to forge a prescription and illegally obtain painkillers or other prescription drugs.
Contact A Fort Lauderdale Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer
Law enforcement takes prescription drug crimes very seriously and so should you. If you are facing charges, contact me online or call my office at 954-406-9272 to schedule an appointment with a Fort Lauderdale drug possession defense attorney.