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Prescription Drug Offense - Fraud and Deceit: 18-18-415

The use of Fraud and Deceit (C.R.S. 18-18-415) to obtain prescription drugs is a drug offense problem in Jefferson, Arapahoe and Weld County. According to Colorado Attorney General, Prescription Drug abuse killed three times more people in Colorado in 2008, than died from drunk driving. A government article also stated that 49 percent of all drug related deaths in Denver were caused by Prescription Drugs, not from those purchased on the street.

Many people that would never purchase drugs from a street dealer will accept them from a neighbor who has extra OxyCotin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone or Oxycodone left over from a previous medical procedure. People find these drugs to be safe.  And if someone has an addiction, they may also try to obtain these substances through Fraud and Deceit.

Within the Colorado Criminal Code, under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 1992; C.R.S. 18-18-415, makes it a class 6 felony to obtain, or procure a controlled substance by "fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or subterfuge; or by forgery or alteration of an order; or by the concealment of a material fact; or by the use of a false name or the giving of false address." The wording of this statute covers anything someone might do to gain access to prescription drugs in a way that is not for legitimate purposes and prescribed.  Possession of these drugs without a prescription can be a separate class 4 felony under C.R.S. 18-18-403.5, for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Schedule I or II.

There is a growing problem with this crime in Adams, Douglas, and Denver County, and it seems to be impacting good people that become addicted to pain killers after having a legitimate prescription for extended periods of time for something like a surgery. Medical professionals may also become tempted when dangerous drugs are easy to access. Once hooked, good people will make bad choices.

If you have been charged with a Prescription Fraud and Deceit drug offense, don't be deceived to talk with the officer that is trying to arrest you. They often tell people what they want to hear in order to get a confession. Call an attorney you can trust who has been there before. At the O'Malley Law Office, P.C., our attorneys are experienced criminal defense lawyers who know how to help you with your criminal drug charges.

If you are under investigation or arrest for Prescription Fraud and Deceit in Broomfield, Weld or Larimer County, or anywhere in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.

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