Have you been arrested for "smurfing" or obtaining too many prescriptions? Many people are arrested for obtaining too many prescription medications, fraudulently obtaining prescription medication, or suffered an arrest after a pharmacy turned them in for obtaining too much medication. Many times there is an underlying condition that necessitates these prescriptions, yet the client is arrested despite these facts.
Jonathan Rooker is an experienced Fresno criminal defense attorney who has handled many narcotics and prescription drug cases. If you want a lawyer to represent you, or you aren't sure if you need an attorney, call Jonathan Rooker, Attorney at Law for a free consultation on your case.
HS 11173 Fraud, Deceit, Misrepresentation, or Mislabeling
HS 11173(a) No person shall obtain or attempt to obtain controlled substances or procure or attempt to procure the administration of or prescription for controlled substances, (1) by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or subterfuge; or (2) by the concealment of a material fact.
(b) No person shall make a false statement in any prescription, order, report, or record, required by this division.
(c) No person shall, for the purpose of obtaining controlled substances, falsely assume the title of, or represent himself to be a manufacturer,, wholesaler, pharmacist, physician, dentist, veterinarian, registered nurse, physician's assistant, or other authorized person.
(d) No person shall affix any false or forged label to a package or receptacle containing controlled substances.
I Got caught with a forged prescription, how much trouble am I in?
This section of the health and safety code is punished as either a felony or a misdemeanor. If convicted of the felony, the prison sentence would be 16, 24, or 36 months. If sentenced as a misdemeanor, it is up to 1 year in the county jail.
I was charged with fraudulently obtaining prescription medication, should I hire a lawyer?
Due to the serious nature of the offense, you may want to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer review your case, background, criminal history, and relevant facts surrounding the criminal allegation to advise you on the best method of proceeding with your case.
The police caught me with a friends prescription, do I need an attorney?
Possession of prescription medication without a valid prescription can be a serious offense. If you have been charged, you could, if convicted, be sentenced to serious time in custody. You may want an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you while you defend such accusations.