This is the next post in my series on the handling of prescription drug charges in Panama City, Florida. My last article discussed how search and seizure issues impact prescription drug charges. It is important to understand that it may be possible to gain a dismissal if it can be shown that law enforcement found pills through the violation of a defendant’s rights. It is important that you retain an attorney who is experienced in such matters in order to ensure that your rights remain fully protected. In this article I will discuss why prosecutors take prescription drug cases very seriously. If you or a loved one have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
Today’s news stories are full of reports about America’s “opioid epidemic.” A substantial portion of addiction issues stem from prescription drug abuse. Due to the nature of the situation, throughout the US, there is substantial pressure on prosecutors to make sure that those who illegally possess pills, and those who illegally distribute them, face appropriate charges. This is why those who possess such narcotics, without a valid prescription, may face misdemeanor or even felony charges.
Many make the mistake of thinking that possessing such drugs is “not a big deal.” Such individuals may reason that the narcotics cannot be too serious of an issue if, after all, a doctor can prescribe them. Also, when you take into account the fact that many states have begun to legalize and decriminalize marijuana, it becomes understandable that defendants may not expect the serious nature with which prosecutors address these kinds of cases. Defendants can be surprised when they arrive at court and realize that, in fact, they are facing incarceration and other serious consequences. It is important that you take charges seriously and that you take all possible steps to ensure that your rights remain protected.
One of the first steps an accused person should take is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. The sooner counsel is retained then the sooner he or she will begin to investigate the facts of your arrest. This, in turn, provides your representative with a greater opportunity to adequately defend you. Do not make the mistake of thinking that your charge is minor.
I am a Panama City lawyer handling prescription drug charges. I will use your initial consultation to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. I will then take immediate steps to begin building a defense on your behalf. Contact my office today. I also serve clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, Leon County residents in Tallahassee, Walton County residents in DeFuniak Springs and Miramar Beach, Liberty County residents in Bristol, Wakulla County residents in Crawfordville, Gadsden County residents in Quincy, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.