Have You Been Accused of Prescription Fraud in Massachusetts?

Seek Defense from a Boston Drug Crime Attorney

Prescription fraud is becoming more prevalent, as more and more individuals use these “legal” drugs for personal purposes, instead of medical ones. The law is beginning to recognize just how serious a crime this is, now laying down harsh penalties for any offenders. Obtaining a prescription under false pretenses, such as by forgery, deception, or falsifying information is defined as prescription fraud. Another way that prescription fraud can occur is through what is called “doctor shopping,” where an individual will visit several doctors to obtain prescription drugs. Each physician, unaware that the patient has gone to see another physician, unwittingly prescribes the drugs.

Prescription fraud is considered a drug crime and carries harsh penalties. If you were accused, call Keegan Law today to come to your defense!

How does prescription fraud occur?

As mentioned above, doctor shopping is one of the most common ways that prescription drugs are illegally obtained. Some practitioners can be accused of prescription fraud if they prescribe drugs that serve no valuable purpose for healing or for the betterment of the patient.

These are some examples of the most popular drugs obtained through prescription fraud:

  • Vicodin
  • Ambien
  • OxyContin
  • Xanax
  • Ritalin
  • Valium

Users can commit prescription fraud by lying to doctors; they may exaggerate or falsify their condition. Some have also changed details on the prescription, such as altering the quantity of drugs, or go as far as writing up fake prescriptions on their own and forging a doctor’s signature. Many people attempt to abuse prescription drugs and obtain them through corrupt practitioners who write prescriptions for addicts in order to make a profit. Unfortunately, this has opened the door for law enforcement to take extreme measures in these cases, often resulting in many unfair charges and wrong accusations.

Penalties for Prescription Fraud

If convicted of prescription fraud, you could face heavy penalties, including imprisonment for up to four years for a first offense and up to eight for repeat offenses. You may also be fined up to $20,000 for a first offense and up to $30,000 for subsequent offenses, which are very heavy prices to pay.

Penalties such as these could devastate a person’s finances, their reputation, and their future. You cannot afford to face this without trusted legal defense! Contact an aggressive Boston drug crime lawyer immediately to ensure that you take a strategic legal approach to your case.

Aggressively Defending Your Rights

Keegan Law is prepared to vigorously fight for your freedom if you have been accused of writing or obtaining a fraudulent prescription. During your first consultation, you can tell us about your case We can then review the details to determine the next best step.

Fill out a free case evaluation if you are ready to talk about your charges. We can help you get started on the road to freedom and peace of mind.