Aggressive Representation for those Charged with Prescription Drug Crimes

Protecting the rights of clients’ charged with drug crimes throughout northwestern Mississippi

If a person who does not have a license to write prescriptions either sells or gives a prescription drug to another person is breaking federal law and committing a prescription drug crime. A parent who gives offers a friend a leftover painkiller from a previous medical emergency, the teen who raids their grandparents’ medicine cabinet and sells their pain medications to friends at a party, or the doctor who writes out scripts on the side to make some extra money are all committing a prescription drug crime.

At Taylor, Jones & Taylor, you work with an attorney who knows the Mississippi drug laws regarding prescription medication inside out and backwards. Since 1964, the firm has provided zealous, comprehensive representation for clients in and around Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch. When your future is at risk, you can rely on Taylor, Jones & Taylor to fight for you.

Fast facts about prescription medication use and abuse

More than 52 million people in the United States over the age of 12 have used prescription medicine non-medically in their lifetime, and 6.1 million have done so in the past month. While the United States comprises a mere 5% of the world’s population, American consume more than 75% of the world’s prescription drugs. The most frequently abused prescription drugs fall under the following categories:

  • Painkillers: 5.1 million
  • Tranquilizers: 2.2 million
  • Stimulants: 1.1 million

Prescription drugs are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and they require a prescription from a doctor before a patient can take them. Examples of the types of drugs associated with prescription drug crime includes:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Valium
  • Morphine
  • Ativan

 

  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • Xanax
  • Adderall
  • Codeine

 

Most prescription drug abusers obtain their drugs from friends or relatives for free,a doctor, or they bought or stole it from friends or relatives.

Prescription drug crimes

Prescription drug fraud is becoming a widespread problem in the U.S. Taylor, Jones & Taylor represents clients accused of fraudulent crimes such as:

  • Forging a prescription
  • Filling someone else’s prescription
  • Buying prescription pills from an unlicensed pharmacist
  • Stealing a prescription pad
  • Writing a prescription for a patient that does not exist
  • Double billing

Mississippi law prohibits knowingly or intentionally possessing, selling, delivering or attempting to possess a false, fraudulent or forged doctor’s prescription. The penalty for prescription fraud, which is a felony, can range from up to five years in prison and a $1000 fine.

Additional Mississippi prescription drug crime penalties

Prescription drug crimes can include possession and trafficking, each of which carry significant penalties on conviction. If you are convicted of a felony you could end up not only with fines and jail time, but more long-lasting consequences such as the loss of your job, the ability to find new employment, the inability to qualify for professional licenses, run for public office and many other negative consequences.

The criminal defense team at Taylor, Jones & Taylor understand the needs of those charged with prescription drug crimes. The attorneys are strong advocates for their clients’ rights, who always aim to have the charges dropped completely. When such an outcome is not possible, they discuss your options with you before moving forward with your case, to ensure that your future is not at risk.

Contact Taylor, Jones & Taylor when you are facing prescription drug charges

Drug charges are always serious. You need a skilled criminal defense team with the experience to mount a strong defense and protect your rights and your future. The legal team at Taylor, Jones & Taylor represents clients accused of drug crimes in Grenada, Clarksdale, Batesville, Cleveland, Oxford and Tupelo and throughout northwest Mississippi. You are welcome to make an appointment by calling 662.253.5193 or fill out this contact form to speak with an attorney in the Southaven, Hernando or Olive Branch office. How can we help today?