One of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States is prescription drug overdose. Naturally, Texas police are very concerned with the proliferation of prescription drugs. They are taken very seriously, and there are many charges you can face as a result of prescription drugs. This is true even if you have a prescription.
Crimes Involving Prescription Drugs
- Possession of prescription drugs without a lawful prescription
- Obtaining prescription drugs through fraudulent activity
- Forgery of prescriptions
- Selling prescription drugs
- Driving under the influence of prescription drugs
- Going to multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
In Texas, you could face up to one year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines for possession of drugs in penalty groups 3 and 4. This covers most prescription drugs. Your penalties will be dependent on what kinds of drugs you possess and the amounts of them. For some drugs, even one pill can carry penalties as serious as an entire bottle.
One way to have your sentence and penalties reduced or dismissed is through alternative sentencing. Many drug offenders can avoid jail by participating in drug education and rehabilitation classes, ordered by the courts. You may also be eligible for deferred adjudication. This is where you serve a probation period and, provided you don’t violate probation, have the charges dropped once you’ve served your time. But the best way to make sure you maximize your chances of reduced or dropped charges is to discuss your case with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.