Using prescription drugs for the purpose of getting high is quite common amongst young people and effects individuals across all socio-economic backgrounds. In fact in 2010, over 16 million Americans reported having used a prescription drug for a non-medical purpose without actually being prescribed. Prescription drug abuse sometimes leads to other crimes such as shoplifting, burglary and illegal drug abuse.
In Texas, it is illegal to possess, deliver or sell prescription drugs such as depressants for sleep disorders, stimulants for treating ADHD, anti-anxiety medication, narcotics or any other medication that requires a prescription.
Under Texas law, drugs are divided by penalty groups and into categories such as controlled substances and dangerous drugs with varying possible punishments. Depending on the amount (the weight) of the pills involved in the arrest, breaking this law could range from either a serious misdemeanor up to a first degree felony. As with all drug charges, the search conducted by law enforcement which resulted in located the drugs should be fully analyzed and challenged under the Fourth Amendment as an unreasonable search and seizure.
If you or a loved one has been charged with possessing, delivering or selling prescription drugs illegally, Gary S. Miller is here to fight for your rights and will defend you vigorously against the government. Contact Mr. Miller immediately for more information on defending your case and get experienced and trusted representation.
Common Prescription Drugs Found Illegally
- Ritalin (Adderall)
- Carisoprodal (Soma)
The drugs listed above can be used for recreational, non-medical purposes and possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription can cause serious life-altering consequences including addiction. Just being charged with such a drug crime will be on your criminal record and could cause problems with obtaining employment, getting into college or even renting an apartment without achieving a successful outcome on the criminal case.
Penalties of a Possession Drug Charge without a prescription
Possessing prescription drugs is similar and almost identical to possessing illegal drugs under Texas state law. The amount of drugs you possess is measured in grams or ounces and will measured by a chemist after you have been charged. If you have placed the drug in a drink, then the entire drink is weighed; therefore, the weight is dramatically increased such as when codeine is added to soda, which is very common in Houston. Your freedom, criminal record, drivers license, and monetary fines are all at stake with such a drug possession charge.
Mr. Miller represents individuals accused of possessing, delivering, and selling, controlled substances in the Houston area.