Prescription Drug Crimes in College Station & Bryan, TX
Seek Legal Representation from an Experienced & Knowledgeable Criminal
When it comes to
drug crimes, most people typically think of criminal charges involving meth, heroin,
cocaine, and even cannabis. However, drug crimes involving prescribed
medication have become a severe problem over recent years. From carrying
or using a controlled substance without a legitimate prescription to doctor
shopping, prescription drug crimes are punishable by long prison sentences,
costly fines, and a permanent criminal record that can severely damage
your personal and professional reputation.
The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., we are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the best outcome in their
cases. With decades of legal experience, our
College Station criminal defense attorney can investigate your arrest, gather evidence to support your case, and
develop a strong defense strategy to either get your case thrown out or
your charges/penalties reduced. Do not hesitate to get experienced legal
counsel when facing these serious crimes.
Prescription Drug Charges & Penalties in Texas
Prescribed medication is considered controlled substances according to
state law. Many types of prescription drugs are classified as Penalty
Group 1—such as codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine,
etc.—which is punishable by the most severe penalties due to the
high potential for abuse and addiction. Other types of prescribed medicines
belong in Penalty Group 3, including Ritalin, Valium, Xanax, etc.
Illegal possession of less than one gram of a Penalty Group 1 narcotic
results in a state jail felony, which carries a jail term of up to two
years and a maximum fine of $10,000. Possession of one gram but fewer
than four grams is a third-degree felony, punishable by a maximum prison
sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Between four grams but
fewer than 200 grams is a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison
sentence of up to 20 years and fine no larger than $10,000. Between 200
grams and fewer than 400 grams is considered a first-degree felony, which
carries a maximum prison sentence of 99 years and a fine of up to $50,000.
Over 400 grams results in a lifetime prison term.
Distribution or sale of a prescription drug leads to more harsh penalties.
For instance, it is a second-degree felony for the sale of a Penalty 1
Prescription drug fraud is defined as obtaining prescribed medication through
fraudulent and dishonest means. This includes forging or altering a doctor’s
note, misrepresentation of personal information in order to obtain a prescription,
and going to different doctors to get a prescription for the same controlled
substance (without them knowing about the others).
When a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance is involved in prescription
fraud, the charge is a second-degree felony. When a Penalty Group 3 controlled
substance is involved in prescription fraud, the charge is a third-degree felony.
Get a Former Prosecutor on Your Side Today!
If you have been charged with a prescription drug crime, you need to most
experienced and aggressive legal representation to avoid serving harsh
Attorney Shane Phelps is a former prosecutor and understands how the prosecution will handle
your case, giving you an upper hand at trial. Additionally, he is a Board
Certified Criminal Law Specialist, which makes him an expert on the field
by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Let us help you get the most
favorable outcome in your case.
Contact us at (979) 773-7028 and schedule a free consultation today.