Prescription Fraud in Las Vegas

Defense from a Las Vegas Drug Offense Attorney

Prescription fraud occurs when someone uses false information in order to obtain, prescribe or dispense prescription drugs. This might involve creating a fake prescription, altering a valid prescription, faking medical conditions or symptoms in order to get a prescription, etc. The crime of prescription fraud has been becoming much more rampant United States. Whether you are a patient, a physician or another medical professional, you will need to start building a strong defense plan if you are accused of prescription fraud. Convictions for this crime can lead to tough criminal penalties, and they can even ruin your career. The Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers at Brown Law Offices Chartered can help you determine the best plan of action for protecting your future when you at facing prescription fraud charges.

Doctor Shopping

One common type of prescription fraud occurs through "doctor shopping." This takes place when a patient obtains prescriptions for a controlled substance from multiple doctors without informing the doctors that the patient has already received prescriptions for the drug. There are many people who doctor shop so that they can avoid raising suspicion by asking one doctor for excessive amounts of prescription drugs. Doctor shopping is prohibited under the Nevada Uniform Controlled Substance Act (NRS §453.391(2)).

Unlawful Prescriptions

In addition to the provision mentioned above, the Uniform Controlled Substance Act places various other restrictions on how controlled substances can be possessed, prescribed, administered, dispensed and even transported. NRS §453.391(1) prohibits the act of obtaining or taking controlled substances or prescriptions for these substances in an unlawful manner. Furthermore, NRS §453.381 lays out various restrictions for medical professionals and other professionals who have legal authority to handle controlled substances. Here are just a few of those restrictions:

  • Physicians and other medical professionals can only prescribe or administer controlled substances when there is a legitimate medical need and when this action is carried out in the regular course of the professional's practice.
  • Pharmacists are prohibited from filling prescriptions when there is evidence or reason to suspect that the prescription was not lawfully prescribed.
  • Those who are legally authorized to sell or furnish Schedule II controlled substances (such as manufacturers or wholesale suppliers) cannot provide samples to their registrants.

Fighting Conviction with the Help of a Skilled Lawyer

Doctor shopping offenses and unlawful prescription offenses are categorized as Class C felonies. A Class C felony is punishable by 1 to 5 years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000, among other possible penalties. There are additionally many other factors that can greatly increase the penalties you could be facing. The criminal defense team at Brown Law Offices Chartered is here to help you aggressively defend yourself against your accusers. Contact the firm to learn about how you can receive tough legal representation for your case!