It is unlawful in Colorado to utilize fraud and deceit as a means of obtaining prescription drugs. As the use and abuse of opioids rises, many people are negatively impacted. Because of the dangers involved with prescription drug addiction, law enforcement continues to crack down on the means in which people obtain these substances. In 2017 alone, there were 588 overdose deaths in Colorado via prescription drugs and illegal opioids like heroin. This is an alarming figure and the numbers for 2018 are still being assessed. As a result, prescription drug crimes are receiving extra attention.
Prescription Drug Fraud and Deceit Definition
C.R.S. 18-18-415 references the behaviors involved with Prescription Drug Fraud and Deceit:
· It is unlawful 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 a false address.
This statute is worded in such a way that just about any steps someone might take to obtain prescription drugs for illegitimate purposes are covered. A common misconception is that those trying to illegally obtain these drugs are only the homeless or seasoned dealers. Working parents in the suburbs, medical professionals, and youth are also caught in this dangerous need to obtain prescription drugs.
Prescription Drug Crimes | Examples in Colorado
As mentioned above, no one is immune to illegally obtaining / distributing prescription drugs. Below are simple examples that have led to charges for everyday people:
· Addiction to pain killers after obtaining a prescription for an ailment
· Medical professionals lured by their easy access to dangerous drugs
· Presenting an altered prescription to obtain a drug at a local supermarket
· Faking a medical condition or injury to a treatment provider
· Pretending to be a doctor or pharmacist
· Doctors writing prescriptions for illegitimate purposes
Whether you’re involved in a situation like those listed above, facing charges, or unsure about past behavior, it is best to consult an experienced prescription drug fraud and deceit attorney.
Too often prosecutors search for ways to charge people with legitimate addictions, ignoring their need for help. There can also be an attempt to scare defendants facing charges into a plea deal that is simply unreasonable. Conviction of Prescription Drug Fraud and Deceit is a class 6 felony in Colorado. Potential consequences include up to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections and a fine of between $1,000 and $100,000. Facing these consequences and a determined district attorney alone is foolish. Hiring an aggressive prescription drug fraud and deceit attorney can give you a fighting chance when it comes to your rights and false charges.
If you or someone you know is facing drug charges of any kind, act now. Call the criminal defense lawyers at O’Malley and Sawyer at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.
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