When Possession Of A Prescription Drug Is A Crime
Prescription drug crimes usually start with an addiction to a drug, and once the prescription runs out, the person turns 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 on 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 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 Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, James N. Papirmeister knows how to mount the most effective defense.