Methadone Possession, Intent to Distribute & Prescription Forgery Charges
Methadone is commonly associated with treatment for opiate addiction, principally heroin. The problem with methadone is that it is especially powerful and addictive. These characteristics can lead people to engage in unlawful activities like possession without a prescription, forging prescriptions and even selling or distributing methadone. If you or a loved one has been charged with a methadone related criminal offense, we can help. Our law firm features two former prosecutors—Jonathan F. Marshall and Thomas V. Camp—both of whom have over 15 years experience. Our defense team also includes Colin Bonus, a seasoned attorney, with almost 30 years in the business. The office has handled a considerable number of prescription fraud and forgery cases, not to mention possession with intent to distribute CDS (e.g. distributing and selling) like methadone. Any one of these attorneys would be happy to speak to you free of charge if you were arrested for one of these offenses. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to provide the information you are looking for.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is an opiate-based prescription drug. While the medication can be effective when prescribed legally, the popular trend appears to be illegal use through theft of prescriptions, forgery, fraud and other means. The street names for this controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) include cookies, dollies, wafer, Jungle Juice, Done, and methadose.
The consequences and penalties for a Methadone related criminal charge or arrest can include:
For a third-degree offense, such as forging a prescription or possessing less than 100 units, an individual is exposed to up to 5 years in jail. A third-degree crime also involves a fine the can be in excess of $100,000.
A second-degree methadone charge carries 5 to 10 years in jail. An individual is also subject to fines that can include hundreds of thousands of dollars if convicted of a second-degree crime involving methadone. A common offense falling under this grade would be distribution.
In addition to the aforesaid penalties, a criminal record shall result upon conviction for one of these offenses. It is therefore very important that anyone charged with prescription fraud, possession without a prescription, or distribution and selling, consult with an attorney knowledgeable in this area of law. Our lawyers possess the expertise and information you need. The first step to protecting yourself from negative consequences is to enlist the services of attorneys that can help you. To this end, we are available 24/7 for a free initial consultation.