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Understanding the Consequences of Prescription Forgery in Illinois

September 25th, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Cook County drug charges defense lawyerPrescription drug abuse is on the rise, and police and prosecutors are becoming increasingly vigilant about cracking down on those who they believe are breaking the law by using falsified prescriptions to obtain controlled substances. Because of the opioid epidemic, which has resulted from over-prescribed pain medications pushed by pharmaceutical companies and physicians, hundreds of thousands of Americans are looking for any means to get their hands on narcotics. Obtaining opioids by falsifying a prescription may seem safer than buying drugs on the street, but make no mistake—prescription forgery is a serious crime in Illinois.

What Illinois Law States About Prescription Forgery

According to 720 ILCS 570/406.2, a person commits prescription forgery (known as “unauthorized possession of prescription form”) if they have altered a prescription, possessed a form not issued by a licensed practitioner, possessed a blank prescription form without authorization, or possessed a counterfeit prescription form. Examples of prescription drug forgery include the following:

  • Changing the dose amount on a prescription written by a doctor.
    Stealing a prescription pad off a doctor’s desk.
    Writing a prescription for yourself.
    Using a computer to create a fraudulent prescription form.

The Consequences of Prescription Forgery

Shockingly, even a first time prescription forgery offender can be fined up to $100,000, and they may be sentenced to between one and three years in prison. If a person is charged with their second prescription forgery offense, they may be fined up to $200,000 and sentenced to between two and five years in prison.

It is common for a person who is charged with prescription forgery to be facing other drug charges at the same time, such as burglary, possession of an illegal drug, or an intent to traffic drugs. All of these offenses can add up to considerable time behind bars and fines that would be impossible to pay back in a lifetime of full-time work—something that would become extremely difficult to accomplish with a felony record.

Defending Medical Professionals

Medical professionals are not immune to prescription forgery charges. Doctors have been known to use their license as an opportunity to write friends or family members a prescription without reason, or to prescribe opioids to addicted patients who pay them cash under the table. If you are a physician or pharmacist, you will lose your professional license in a heartbeat if you are found guilty of prescription forgery.

A Cook County Drug Crimes Defense Attorney Can Help

More than 115 Americans die every day from overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Instead of taking steps to combat addiction and help self-medicated individuals overcome or manage their mental or physical ailments, our criminal justice system sends its best prosecutors to lock up victims of opioid addiction. If you have been charged with prescription forgery, you need a strong defense that will help you avoid the consequences of a conviction. Contact dedicated Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer Christopher M. Cosley today at 847-394-3200 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072005700K406.2

Could Prescription Drugs Result in Drug Charges?

August 27th, 2018 at 7:00 am

criminal drug charges, prescription drugs, Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney, prescription drug charges, prescription drug useStudies show that an estimated 54 million people have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Additionally, 2.1 million people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons just within the last year. Because of this high abuse and potential for dependency, the state of Illinois is strict when it comes to drug laws and charges.

When most think of drug charges, they might think of illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, etc. While those drugs also can result in criminal charges, they are not the only type. Prescription drugs can result in criminal drug charges, as well.

Prescription Drugs and Drug Charges

There are more arrests occurring in Illinois for the use of prescription drugs without a valid prescription than there have been in the past. This is due in part to the addictive nature of some prescription drugs.

Prescription drug abusers often start off as legitimate prescription holders. They are injured, or otherwise prescribed pain medication or other narcotics. Through continuous use of the prescription, they become addicted and are unable to stop using, even when their prescription is no longer valid. As such, an individual might turn to illegal means to obtain the drug.

A person can be arrested and face drug charges for the possession of even one pill without a prescription. Common types of prescription drugs that are abused include Xanax, Ketamine, OxyContin, and Vicodin. The severity of the drug charge depends on the type of drug and the amount in possession.

Illinois classifies drugs into schedules. Prescription drugs fall into the range of Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule IV drugs. Schedule IV drugs are considered the lesser in severity of the charges.

The following are examples of prescription drugs in each schedule:

  • Schedule II: morphine, opium, amphetamines. These drugs are considered the most serious prescription drugs. While they have medical benefits and uses, they are highly addictive.
  • Schedule III: ketamine, anabolic steroids, codeine, and hydrocodone combinations.
  • Schedule IV: methadone, PCP, Ritalin.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

A drug charge can be either a felony or a misdemeanor in Illinois. The amount of prescription drug at issue, and the type of prescription drug, all play a role in determining what charge will be brought. Both felonies and misdemeanors can bring about devastating results. As such, you need a dedicated defense attorney on your side.

Experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney Christopher M. Cosley is here for you. Attorney Cosley does not want your life derailed because of one prescription drug charge and he will work diligently to provide you the best defense given the circumstances of the case. Contact us today for a consultation.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1941&ChapterID=53

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/what-scope-prescription-drug-misuse

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