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Avoid Penalties For Prescription Drug Charges

Even though prescription drugs are legal if you have a prescription, possessing these drugs without a prescription can have serious consequences. Depending on the quantity of drugs found in your possession, you could face time in jail. Even if you are able to get probation instead of jail time, you still face the stigma of having a felony on your record if you are convicted. This can lead to limited job opportunities, loss of eligibility for government benefits and lost work clearances.

At the Law Office of Lance T. Marshall, I put my 25 years of defense experience to work for people in State College and nearby communities charged with prescription drug crimes. I examine every detail of your case in order to ensure the best possible outcome.

Common prescription drug charges include:

  • Possession without a prescription
  • Using a friend or family member’s prescription
  • Selling your prescription to someone else

My firm has handled cases involving opiates such as Percocet, Oxycontin and oxycodone, as well as amphetamines like Adderall. The use of Adderall without a prescription has become common among college students trying to stay awake or focus while studying.

Driving Under The Influence Of Prescription Drugs

Pennsylvania is one of 15 states that have “per se” drugged driving laws, meaning if you drive with any amount of certain drugs in your system you could be charged with a DUI. This includes prescription drugs, even if you have a valid prescription, if you are found to be under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs to a degree that your ability to drive is impaired.

Some of the most common prescription drugs that can impair drivers are:

  • Antidepressants
  • Valium
  • Hydrocodone (the main component of Vicodin)
  • Medical marijuana
  • Sleeping pills

Any drug that causes dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision or slowed reflexes is often considered to be just as dangerous as alcohol when it comes to driving. The penalties for a DUI on legal drugs are the same as a DUI under the influence of alcohol, so it is important to avoid a conviction if possible.

Contact My Firm Today

If you have been charged with a crime relating to prescription drugs, it is important to have a strong defense lawyer on your side. Call 814-308-0422 or send me an email to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney.