When Possession of a Prescription Drug Is a Crime

Prescription drug crimes usually start with an addiction to a drug that was obtained legally. Unfortunately, once the prescription ran out, the person accused of the crime turned to an illegal source of the drug.

Silver Spring attorney James N. Papirmeister defends people accused of prescription drug crimes in Maryland and Washington, D.C. His goal is to keep the focus of the case on treatment, not a damaging criminal conviction. For a free initial consultation about your case, call 301-589-2100 or 301-367-6500 after hours.

Defending You Against Prescription Drug Crimes

Some of the most common drugs involved in prescription drug crimes include:

  • Opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and OxyContin
  • Anxiety and sleep disorder drugs such as Xanax and Valium
  • Amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin

Examples of crimes involving prescription drugs include:

  • Possession of a prescription drug without a prescription
  • Possession of a friend's or family member's prescription
  • Sales of prescription drugs
  • Prescription fraud, which may include forging a prescription, doctor shopping and altering a prescription

Do I Have a Defense Against Prescription Drug Charges?

Many people accused of prescription drug crimes are first-time offenders. If you are a first-time offender, drug courts are available to help you obtain treatment instead of a criminal conviction.

If you are not a first-time offender, we may effectively challenge drug charges based on questionable traffic stops, searches, seizures or other constitutional issues. As a former prosecutor with the narcotics unit of the Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, James N. Papirmeister knows how to mount the most effective defense.

Talk to a Lawyer About Prescription Drug Charges Today

To protect your reputation and your future against prescription drug charges, please call 301-589-2100 or complete our simple contact form.