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Penalties for prescription drug crimes in Florida

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Prescription Drug Charges

Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue across the United States. To combat this problem, Florida implemented strict penalties for individuals involved in prescription drug crimes.

Understanding these penalties is important to avoid charges and protection from the consequences of illegal drug activity charges.

Possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription

Prescription drug abuse includes possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription. The severity of the punishment for these charges depends on various factors, such as the type and quantity of the drug. In Florida, penalties for possession of prescription drugs can include fines, probation and imprisonment.

Sale or distribution of prescription drugs

Those accused of selling or distributing prescription drugs can face hefty fines. They could also encounter lengthy prison sentences and receive a permanent criminal record. Additionally, individuals involved in the sale or distribution of prescription drugs may face federal charges, leading to even harsher penalties.

Doctor shopping

Doctor shopping involves visiting multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions for the same or similar medications without the doctors’ knowledge. In addition to fines, probation and imprisonment, individuals engaged in doctor shopping risk damaging their health due to the misuse and overuse of prescription medications.

Forgery of prescription forms

Forgery includes altering or creating fraudulent prescriptions. Those charged may face fines, probation and imprisonment. In addition, a conviction may make it difficult to obtain future employment or professional licenses.

Driving under the influence of prescription drugs

In Florida, individuals caught driving while impaired by prescription medications can face DUI charges. Penalties may include fines, license suspension and imprisonment. Those charged may also have to complete a substance abuse treatment program.

Florida imposes severe penalties for prescription drug crimes. These penalties seek to deter illegal drug activity and protect public safety.

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