The recreational or otherwise illegal use of prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycodone has been growing in Ohio over the past few years. There is now such a huge black market demand for prescription drugs that it is no surprise that people are increasingly tempted to start selling prescription drugs illegally. Unfortunately, this is a crime both in Ohio and on the federal level that can have serious criminal consequences.
Many people mistakenly think it’s not a big deal to sell a few remaining pills from a valid prescription, but this is not true. Even selling just one or two tablets without proper authorization or a valid prescription can get you serious criminal penalties. In fact, prescription drug abuse is growing so quickly in our state that law enforcement is cracking down on anyone selling prescription drugs illegally. If you are arrested for selling prescription drugs illegally, you should call an Ohio drug lawyer right away to discuss your options.
What Is Considered Selling Prescription Drugs Illegally?
While most people assume that selling prescription drugs illegally is only done through dealers who have obtained the pills through illegal sources, prescription drugs can actually be illegally sold several ways. Selling or even giving your pills to another person without a valid prescription is considered illegal sales no matter how you obtained the drugs. You also may be charged if you helped facilitate another person’s illegal acquisition of prescription drugs in some way, such as helping forge a prescription or sharing a site that sells illegal drugs.
Doctors, pharmacists, and other health professionals can also be convicted of selling prescription drugs illegally. A doctor who writes prescriptions that are not medically necessary or in an amount greater than is actually needed can be charged with illegal sales of prescription drugs. Similarly, a pharmacist who dispenses drugs without a prescription or knowingly fills an invalid prescription can be charged. As you can see, the statute for this is very broadly defined.
Penalties of Illegal Sales of Prescription Drugs
Illegal sales of prescription drugs are taken quite seriously in Ohio. If convicted, you can face up to first-degree felony charges, depending on the amount of the drug sold and the type of prescription drug dispensed. This is punishable by up to 11 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, and loss of your driver’s license. In addition, you will face a permanent criminal record and the associated collateral consequences, including difficulty finding employment or housing, loss of federal benefits, and social stigma. A medical professional convicted will also have their license immediately revoked.
Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, illegally selling prescription drugs can also be charged as a federal crime. If you are charged under federal law, you face even more serious penalties. Depending on the amount and type of the prescription drug sold, you could face up to 40 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
How an Ohio Drug Lawyer Can Help You
Illegally selling prescription drugs is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, both in Ohio and federal courts. Only with the help of an experienced Ohio drug lawyer and a solid legal strategy will you be able to successfully fight such charges.
That’s why you should immediately call Cincinnati drug lawyer Brad Groene at Luftman, Heck, and Associates at for a free consultation on your case. We will listen compassionately to all the circumstances of your case and then develop a strong defense to fight the charges against you. No matter what, we will stick by your side and defend your rights. Just because you’ve been arrested doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted. You deserve an aggressive defense from a Cincinnati drug lawyer who will never stop working to get you the best possible outcome.
Why Trust an Ohio Drug Lawyer at Luftman, Heck, & Associates
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