Florida Drug Charges Defense Attorneys
One of the fastest growing segments of prosecutions by state and federal district attorneys involves the use, sale, distribution and trafficking of prescription drugs. Not only are the authorities going after drug dealers, but they are also charging everyday people who may have made a mistake by carrying drugs without a prescription.
Throughout Florida, when people are charged with prescription drug crimes, they turn to the Tampa and Clearwater prescription drug crimes lawyers at Bauer Crider & Parry, for clear answers about how to handle their case. We are well-known and well-respected throughout the legal community for our litigation and negotiation skills when it comes to any criminal defense matter. For more information about our practice, please contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation at any of our offices.
We Know People Make Mistakes
As OxyContin, Oxycodone, Roxicodone, Valium, Morphine, and Xanax become more frequently prescribed by physicians, so does the rate of them being used recreationally and the demand grows on the black market. What many people do not realize is that if a friend has a prescription and gives you even a single pill and you are found with that medication on you by the police, you can be charged with a third-degree felony. Even if the friend gave you the pill to help you with an ailment, this still constitutes a crime.
You can even be charged with a crime if you have a prescription legally but are found with a controlled substance, which prescription drugs are, but no valid prescription on you from a valid physician or health care provider. Depending on the amount of pills found on you, the crime can increase to drug trafficking or other drug charges.
In many instances, if you are charged with a prescription drug crime, there are mandatory minimum prison sentences that automatically follow if you are convicted. This is why it is so important to have a skilled Clearwater drug defense lawyer on your side who will fight for you to try and minimize the impact these charges have on your life.
We Are Here to Help
You can also be charged with a crime if you are found in possession of a prescription pad that does not belong to you or even one sheet that is not filled out but stamped by a clinic or doctor. Our Tampa prescription drug crimes lawyers know how to investigate these charges to see if a search was valid and evidence obtained legally. We can help challenge the validity of witness statements and see if there are possible defenses for your actions.
We can also help you if you have been charged with any other crimes, since oftentimes people who become addicted to these substances end up committing other offenses to further fuel their habit, such as doctor shopping. We are not here to judge you; we are here to help you out of this perilous situation.
Contact a Tampa prescription drug crimes defense attorney at our firm as soon as possible if you have been arrested, charged or believe you are under investigation. The initial consultation is free. We have offices in Tampa, Clearwater and Port Richey for your convenience.