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Prescription Fraud
Obtaining Controlled Substances By Fraud

In the cities that comprise the "Treasure Coast" (Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Vero Beach), professionals in both the health care field and the judicial system have seen an increase in the number of prescription fraud cases each year.  These cases most often involve good people who have developed addictions to pain medications.

In Florida, prescription fraud, or, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, is considered a drug crime.  If a person steals a prescription form or pad, forges a prescription, or alters an existing prescription, they are committing prescription fraud and can be charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Another way the State has charged prescription fraud, or obtaining controlled substances by fraud, is when they feel someone has "doctor shopped" or, intentionally seen other doctors but failed to tell them they had already been prescribed certain medications, in an attempt to obtain more.     

To be found guilty of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, the State does not even have to show that the Accused actually obtained the substance, but merely "attempted to acquire or obtain" the substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge.  These are third degree felonies and
punishable by up to a statutory maximum five years in prison and, or, a $5,000 fine, but for first offenders (individuals with no prior criminal history) the sentences can vary widely with no jail.  It is important that anyone charged with such an offense talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. has had great success in both defending prescription fraud cases and in helping clients fight their drug addictions and dependencies.  If you, or a loved one, have been charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or prescription fraud, call the Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. at (772) 220-4400 for a FREE CONSULTATION.  Experienced staff is available 24 hours a day.



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