Drug Prescription Forgery
Prescription forgery criminal charges in Georgia are serious. Prosecutors aggressively prosecute drug prescription fraud charges and don't easily decide to dismiss or reduce charges. If you have been charged, arrested, or are being investigated for drug prescription related crimes, you need to contact a drug crimes defense attorney now to get control of your situation.
Most drug crime arrests provide the prosecutor for the opportunity to bring multiple charges. Because multiple charges can complicate your defense, it is important to hire a defense lawyer as soon as possible.
What is Prescription Fraud?
Prescription fraud is basically the act of an unauthorized person creating a false pharmaceutical prescription form, or altering a legitimate prescription form for the purpose of obtaining a controlled substance. A person could be charged with prescription fraud for trying to use a legitimate prescription with a fake identification.
Prescription fraud, also called prescription forgery, is a serious felony drug crime in Georgia. Pharmacists are trained to identify attempts to illegally obtain prescription drugs. For the person charged, video cameras at a pharmacy and the testimony of pharmacy technicians can make a defense very challenging.
Anyone charged with prescription forgery is facing serious consequences and should hire an top drug crimes trial lawyer. Prescription fraud charges will be harshly prosecuted with the objective of sentencing the accused to a lengthy prison term. Our objective is to fight to have charges dismissed, or achieve an acquittal in a jury trial.
Prescription Drug Forgery Laws in Georgia - § 16-13-78
The 2010 Georgia Code, Title 16, Chapter 13, Article 78 covers the regulation of prescription drug forgery in the State of Georgia. Specifically, § 16-13-378 covers obtaining or attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud, forgery, or concealment of material fact. It reads as follows:
O.C.G.A. 16-13-78 (2010)
- 16-13-78. Obtaining or attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud, forgery, or concealment of material fact
- (a) No person shall obtain or attempt to obtain any dangerous drug or attempt to procure the administration of any such drug by:
- (1) Fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or subterfuge;
- (2) The forgery or alteration of any prescription or of any written order;
- (3) The concealment of a material fact; or
- (4) The use of a false name or the giving of a false address.
- (b) Any person violating subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
- (c) Nothing in this Code section shall apply to drug manufacturers or their agents or employees when such manufacturers or their agents or employees are authorized to engage in and are actually engaged in investigative activities directed toward the safeguarding of the manufacturer's trademark.
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If you are being investigated for, or charged with, any prescription drug charges we recommend calling our drug defense lawyers as soon as possible. We understand the urgency of the matter, and respond quickly to all calls and online inquiries to hire a drug charges defense lawyer. To get control of your situation CALL 678-880-9360 for a confidential consultation with a drug crimes defense attorney in Canton GA.