When Legal Medical Treatment Leads To Addiction
Prescription drugs are legal for those who have a prescription, but they are highly controlled outside of that strict official use. Obtaining them without a prescription can lead to serious drug charges.
This often comes as a shock to people who do not realize the severity of their actions. They do not know that they can be charged with a felony for buying, selling and even sharing these drugs for off-prescription use.
In many cases, addiction is to blame; it has been referred to as an epidemic. It often starts with legal use, but painkillers and other drugs are highly addictive. When prescriptions end, that addiction takes hold. People make decisions they never would have otherwise. Common drugs include:
Here at the Leskovich Law Group in Punta Gorda, our lawyers understand this epidemic and the role that addiction plays in drug charges. We have more than 50 years of combined experience, and we can help you look into all of your legal options. We are resourceful, dedicated drug crime attorneys who put our clients first. Your future matters. Let us protect it from the stigma of a drug conviction.
While using multiple doctors to get extra medication or buying or borrowing prescription drugs from friends may feel like a gray area, Florida drug laws are very strict. Possession of a prescription painkiller without a prescription can be charged as a third-degree felony. This could land you behind bars for five years and force you to pay thousands of dollars in fines.
Many people who face these types of charges have never been arrested before. This is their first brush with the law, and they cannot believe how serious it is. In this situation, it is absolutely critical that you know your legal rights.