Tampa Prescription Fraud Defense Lawyer
Crimes related to Prescription Drug Fraud a growing Problem in Tampa
As recently as May 2010 local papers reported on the increase of fraud and the illegal use of prescription drugs in our area. Although overall crime rates have fallen the rate of violent crime has seen an upswing. Much of the growth in violent crimes has been attributed to drug use and distribution which includes those normally taken only under a valid prescription such as Ritalin, Vicodin or OxyContin. More and more recreational drug users are turning to such drugs for non-medical usage and this has spawned a dramatic increase in arrests and law enforcement actions taken. This segment of the drug world is different from traditional street drugs as often the individuals seeking defense are not dealers but are bona fide Doctors, Pharmacies or Clinics. This requires a different set of skills and a strong background court room experience dealing with prescription drug fraud charges specifically. A Tampa drug crime defense attorney with just such a background should be sought out for your defense.
Prescription Drug Fraud Offenses
Florida's balmy weather and scenic beauty have made it rather unique in having one of the largest populations of part-time residents as well as retirees. This has led to an unusually loose set of laws and ready resources for obtaining prescription drugs particularly in the case of out of state residents. This accommodation for a higher need for prescriptions or refills has lead to abuse. Central Florida in particular has seen an explosive growth in the fraudulent issuance or forgery of prescriptions. In some areas moratoriums against the opening of new clinics have taken place in an attempt to curb this problem.
The types of offenses include such activities as:
- Shopping for doctors, which means travelling to various practitioners hoping to gain a "yes"
- Illegally removing drugs from a medical office, clinic or pharmacy for resale, distribution or personal use
- Handing out drugs without a prescription "on the side"
- Forging a prescription
- The over prescription of drugs or without a valid medical reason
- Kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies
These are serious crimes and are treated as other drug offenses even though no "street dealing" may be involved. They can cost you your livelihood, your professional status and time in jail
Don't delay in seeking competent and experienced legal help.
Contact a Tampa Prescription Drug Fraud Defense Attorney
without further delay.