Illegal Prescription Drugs

Dedicated Defense Attorney With A Proven Record Of Success

If you are facing illegal prescription drug charges, contact The Law Office of Kevin L. Barnett, a Charlotte, North Carolina, law firm. With more than 30 years of criminal law experience, we can answer your questions and provide an honest assessment of your case.

Our strong trial and negotiation skills allow us to develop strong, compelling cases for our clients.

While no attorney can guarantee a particular outcome, our proven track record of success inspires confidence in our clients that their case is in good hands.

Common Illegal Prescriptions

Prescription drugs are tightly regulated by the state and federal government. Certain categories of controlled substances — such as narcotics, opiates and psychostimulants — are subject to strict controls, including:

  • Oxycodone/OxyContin
  • Vicodin
  • Valium
  • Morphine
  • Ritalin
  • Adderall
  • Xanax

Many of these drugs tend to be highly addictive. Unfortunately, their addictive nature is often what leads to charges. What started out as a legal prescription can turn into an addiction, which can then fuel attempts to obtain more quantities of the drug by whatever means possible.

The Severity Of Prescription Drug Crimes

Illegal possession, trafficking or distribution of prescription drugs can lead to serious charges. Many people mistakenly believe that offenses involving prescription medications are treated more lightly in the court system than cases involving street drugs. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Because prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs, the law treats them with the same (or in some cases, an even higher) level of severity.

Depending on the type and quantity of the drug involved, you could be facing a felony offense and potential jail time. Prescription drug fraud — that is, obtaining drugs through a fake or fraudulent prescription, including a prescription that belongs to someone else — can likewise result in harsh criminal consequences.

Doctors, nurses and pharmacists can also run afoul of the law in this complicated area. Their easy access to drugs sometimes leads to drug crime charges such as illegal distribution.

Free Consultation | Charlotte Office

Discuss your case with our lawyer during a free and confidential consultation. Call 704-899-5574 for our Charlotte office. We offer language translation services and jail visits by appointment.

Se habla español.