Prescription drugs—even when they are legally obtained—can lead to a criminal charge.That’s because only the person to whom the drug is prescribed is authorized to possess and ingest the prescription drug. Of course, prescription drugs that are obtained by way of fraud, deceit or misrepresentation can also lead to a drug charge. However, it is also a crime for a validly prescribed drug to land in the hands of someone other than the person to whom it was prescribed.
What are the penalties for possession of prescription drugs?
Under Georgia law, the penalties for possession of prescription drugs vary depending upon the facts and circumstances of your case as well as your criminal history. If you are a first offender, you may be able to avoid serving time in jail by undergoing a drug diversion program. However, in the event that you are eligible for a drug diversion program, you could be faced with incarceration if you fail to successfully complete the program. If this is not your first drug offense or you have a prior criminal record, you may not be eligible for a drug diversion program. In this instance, you will likely be facing time in jail or you could even be sentenced to prison. You will likely also be required to pay fines and court fees and serve a portion of your sentence on probation.
What is possession of prescription drugs with intent to distribute?
Basically, bigger quantities of drugs carry bigger charges. If you’re arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs and you only have a small quantity of drugs in your possession, you will be charged with simple possession. However, if you have a larger quantity of illegal prescription drugs in your possession, you could be charged with possession of prescription drugs with the intent to distribute which carries a significantly harsher penalty.
What happens now?
If you’re facing a charge for possession of prescription drugs, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The criminal defense attorneys at The Turner Firm have helped numerous clients just like you defend their rights and keep the consequences of their crime to a minimum. Don’t panic over a prescription drug charge. Get the help you need by calling The Turner Firm today!