Tampa Prescription Pill Crimes Lawyer
The federal government and the state of Florida have been working hard to shut down so called “pill mills,” pain clinics and doctors’ offices that sell and dispense prescription medication to individuals who don’t have a legitimate medical need for the medications. They are targeting both providers as well as those trying to obtain these medications. The penalties for prescription pill crimes are severe. If you have been charged, don’t take chances. Hire an experienced attorney, with a strong track record of providing aggressive defense.
At O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, we know you want to understand what you are up against when facing criminal charges. While we cannot promise you a certain outcome, you have our commitment that we will do everything we can to protect your rights. Our Tampa prescription pill attorneys have extensive experience representing people against drug charges in both the federal and state courts. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about your case, you can reach us online or call 813-345-4909 in Tampa, en Español at 813-390-2494 or in Orlando at 888-496-5916.
Florida’s Prescription Pill Classification System
Florida classifies prescription drugs in schedules, according to how addictive they believe them to be or how much of a health threat they pose to the public. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are listed as follows:
- Schedule I drugs — fentanyl, GHB, hydrocodone, Valium, Percocet, codeine, morphine, oxycodone, Demerol, methadone and Rohypnol
- Schedule II drugs — codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone and Dilaudid
- Schedule III drugs — anabolic steroids
- Schedule IV drugs — Xanax, lorazepam and phenobarbital
Florida’s drug penalties for using, possessing, selling or purchasing prescription drugs generally align with how they are scheduled.
Defending Against Entrapment
Law enforcement frequently uses sting operations to break up pill mill schemes. Police officers and detectives will pose undercover and attempt to sell or purchase prescription pills from people. There is a fine line between police work and entrapment. Law enforcement officials cross the line when they induce you to break the law through tactics, promises or other persuasive techniques.
Our prescription drug defense lawyers will investigate your case thoroughly, including the evidence against you and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. If you were a victim of police entrapment, we will fight to have the charges against you dismissed or the evidence suppressed.
Helping With Diversion
Many of our clients are battling addiction. Frequently our clients became addicted to prescription medication after being prescribed a heavily addictive pharmaceutical, such as oxycodone or OxyContin, to combat chronic pain or anxiety. We believe there is a better place for addicts than jail. If you have never been charged with a prescription drug crime, you may be eligible to take part in Florida’s diversion program through their drug courts.
Diversion enables individuals to obtain the treatment they need first, then through a series of accountability measures works people out of the court system and onto their lives. Fortunately, Florida is increasingly examining prescription drug abuse as a public health issue rather than a criminal issue, and there is growing support for utilizing diversion as an alternative to jail.
Florida State And Federal Drug Crime Attorney
If you would like to schedule a complimentary initial consultation with one of our federal and state prescription drug crime lawyers, contact our firm online or call813-345-4909 in Tampa, en Español at 813-390-2494 or in Orlando at 888-496-5916.