Possession of a prescription drug may seem less harmful than carrying illegal narcotics, but prescription drug possession penalties are similar to other drug possession penalties. Many people arrested in connection with illegal possession of prescription drugs or possession with intent to sell or distribute are not trafficking or abusing them for recreational purposes — for many, drugs previously prescribed for pain, depression and anxiety lead to prescription drug abuse. Certain painkillers and narcotics are highly addictive and can make withdrawal difficult.

At Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, our Charlotte prescription drugs possession lawyers offer a free initial consultation to those facing prescription drug fraud charges. We have decades of combined experience and will provide honest answers your questions about the drug charges and penalties you face.

Criminal Prescription Drug Possession and Use

In North Carolina, there are several prescription drug possession laws involving how these drugs are obtained, carried and distributed. Controlled substance drugs are legal only for the person to whom they are prescribed, and prescription medication can be transported only in the original container. Our drug charges defense firm represents clients charged with illegal possession, purchase, sale or distribution of the following drugs:

Prescription drug charges can be brought against you if it is believed that you obtained a drug prescription through fraud or deceit — a practice more commonly known as “doctor shopping.” “Doctor shopping” means visiting several doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions for drugs.

Addicts and drug traffickers begin doctor shopping to obtain more of a drug than a single doctor could legally or ethically prescribe. As a result, when you are suspected of doctor shopping, you may also face drug trafficking charges or federal penalties for possession of prescription drugs.

Whether you have become addicted to prescription painkillers, been found in possession of somebody else’s prescription or are a health care professional such as a doctor or nurse believed to be improperly using controlled substances, it is important to know your rights and the applicable drug possession laws.

Defending Against Prescription Drug Issues

Prescription drug and controlled substance offenses are still criminal charges — even if you do not realize that you may be violating the law by how you are obtaining, transporting or using your prescription. At Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, our attorneys understand that many people accused of a prescription drug crime have serious addiction issues from prior injuries or illnesses.

You may be a medical professional, a consumer or an addict — regardless of who you are, our Charlotte prescription drug possession attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and the potential consequences you face. In addition to high fines and possible jail time, doctors and nurses could also face a suspension or revocation of their professional license.

For a free consultation to discuss your prescription drug charges, contact our office online or call 919-838-6643.