3 FAQs about a prescription drug arrest in Florida

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2023 | Criminal Defense

While prescription drugs save lives every day, those associated with pain relief can easily lead to addiction.

According to the National Center for Drug Abuse statics, 1.16 million Americans face drug-related charges every year. In recent years, many of those arrests involve prescription drugs. If faced with a drug charge, you likely have questions.

1. What constitutes illegal possession of a prescription drug?

Florida and federal law states that people possessing a prescription drug must have legally obtained it via a doctor’s prescription in their name. Any drug bottles with someone else’s name, or the officer has clear evidence of fraud, that drug turns into an illegal one. Since many of these drugs get federally classified as Schedule II drugs, such as oxycontin and hydrocodone, you may face felony drug charges.

2. Can I legally share my prescription?

When a friend or family member experiences severe pain, it may seem like no big deal to hand over a prescription. Doing so may lead to you getting charged with distributing or trafficking drugs. Those offenses have much steeper penalties and may also come with additional charges depending on the circumstances.

3. What penalties may come with a conviction?

While the type of drug and amount factor into the potential penalties, people found guilty of possessing prescription drugs often get charged with a third-degree felony. If convicted, you may face a possible five-year jail sentence and a $5,000 fine. If you have a certain amount in your possession, typically under 14 grams, you could also face charges regarding intent to sell.

Although a drug charge may seem overwhelming, getting the right help may lead to a better outcome than expected.