What is Prescription Fraud?
It is critical to ensure that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney, such as myself, when you have been charged with prescription fraud. These can be rather serious charges that can have a lasting impact on your life. I strive to provide the appropriate legal guidance to help you obtain the best possible outcome for your prescription fraud case. The right services will help to ensure that you can make the ideal decisions for your case and situation. Here are a few important points that you need to keep in mind if you have been charged with prescription fraud.
Why Prescription Fraud is Considered a Serious Crime
Though specific laws vary between states, it is important to note that in most places, prescription fraud in considered a serious crime. This is because prescription fraud is an action that is capable of having a substantial impact on other people, besides just the perpetrator. When prescription fraud occurs in a high degree, it can lead to increases in healthcare premiums that everyone is required to pay. It also tends to result in higher healthcare costs, deductibles, and taxes. While this is generally when prescription fraud is a serious problem in an area, individual cases are considered to be particularly serious, as well. There are several other factors that may impact the perceived severity of your particular case. Consulting with me, Zachary C. Holbrook, can help you to identify what you should generally expect throughout your case. This helps to ensure the ideal outcome for your specific case.
Types of Prescription Fraud
There are several ways in which prescription fraud can occur. The type of fraud will often result in differences between the charges, as well. If an individual lies to a pharmacist or their doctor in order to obtain a medical prescription, they are likely engaging in fraud. Doctor shopping is a particularly common type of prescription fraud. In these situations, an individual visits multiple doctors for prescriptions, without telling them that they are receiving prescriptions from other doctors. Doctors can also be perpetrators of prescription fraud. In these scenarios, the doctor is often charged for prescribing patients with medications that don’t serve them a particular purpose.
The Importance of a Good Defense
It is absolutely critical to plan a good defense for your case when you have been charged with prescription fraud. I offer criminal defense services to help ensure that you can obtain the best outcome for your particular situation. The charges for this type of fraud can fluctuate substantially, depending on many different factors. The guidelines will vary between each state and the penalties will similarly vary depending on the factors of the specific situation. In Utah, these charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. Any prescription fraud cases can result in substantial penalties that can have a lasting impact on your life. Due to these potential penalties, it is critical to consult with me for excellent guidance throughout your case.
Common Prescription Fraud Defenses
There are several types of defenses that are often used in prescription fraud cases. The best defense will depend on the factors of the case, as well as the state. Understanding some of the most common prescription fraud defenses can help you to know what to expect throughout your own case. When you work with me, we will develop the best defense for your particular situation. This will go a long way toward providing the most effective defense that will result in the best outcome.
If the defendant is a doctor, it is very common to adopt the “good faith” defense. In this defense, it is argued that the doctor was acting in good faith and would not have prescribed the medication if they had known a specific fact about the person they prescribed it to. Another common defense in prescription fraud is to argue that the evidence was collected illegally. For example, if the premises was searched without a warrant, the evidence was not collected legally and can usually not be implemented in a court.
Prescription fraud cases can be very serious. It is crucial to ensure that you contact me for guidance throughout your case when you have been charged with fraud. I can help to develop the ideal defense and legal guidance to make it throughout your case. There are many ways in which you can potentially be charged with this, which can result in substantial issues that impact your life. To obtain the best legal representation for your case, contact me today!