The opioid epidemic has been declared a national emergency in the United States due to the substantial increase in the use of prescription and non-prescribed opioid substances. The Minnesota Department of Human Services states that prescribed medication has caused more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.
Due to the danger pain pills poses, lawmakers of every state have enacted severe laws against those who possess prescription medicine without a prescription, negligent doctors, and “pill mills.” Unfortunately, many innocent people and those who have become addicted have been charged with prescription drug crimes.
If you have been arrested for a prescription drug crime in Minnesota, Brockton D. Hunter, P.A. can evaluate your case and provide you with the best defense possible in order to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. With an exceptional track record of success defending our clients, our Minneapolis drug crime attorney can guide you through the complexities of the legal system and help you obtain the most favorable outcome.
Possession of prescribed medication without a valid prescription is against the law. The penalties for illegal possession and illegal possession with intent to sell or distribute depend on the specific controlled substances involved.
In Minnesota, many prescription medications fall under Schedule II, which includes fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, Adderall, Ritalin, and methamphetamine. Drugs like Norco are considered Schedule III substances, while Schedule IV consists of other popular prescription drugs like Xanax, Valium, and Ambien.
Possession of any Schedule II, III, or IV drug is considered a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $10,000 for a first offense. A subsequent offense results in a maximum prison sentence of 10 years (with a mandatory minimum of six months) and a fine of up to $20,000.
Possession of any Schedule II or III drug with intent to sell is a controlled substance crime in the fourth degree, which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a maximum fine of $100,000. A subsequent offense leads to a prison term of up to 30 years (with a mandatory minimum of one year) and a maximum fine of $100,000. Sale of any Schedule IV drug is a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree.
Prescription drug fraud occurs when a person uses fraud or deceit, a false name, or false credentials to possess, procure, or gain control over a prescription medicine. Common types of prescription fraud include changing a doctor’s prescription to get more pills, using prescription pads from an actual doctor’s office, or “doctor shopping.” Prescription fraud is considered a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree.
Due to the harsh penalties associated with these drug crimes, it is imperative to hire a skilled attorney to fight for the justice you deserve. Our goal is to either get your entire case dismissed or your penalties significantly reduced. Do not hesitate to let us build a strong defense strategy on your behalf immediately.
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