Drug laws throughout the U.S. are strict because many illegal substances are dangerously addictive, life-threatening or both. These controlled substances are so dangerous that they’re also classified under five “schedules” based on their potential for abuse and addiction.
Missouri is no different from other states regarding restricting controlled substances. But the state also has a law specific to fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. If convicted of this crime, you could be looking at heavy fines and years in prison.
Prescription fraud law
Under state law, a person commits prescription fraud if they attempt to obtain a controlled substance through fraud or misrepresentation. This definition also includes the following situations:
- Falsely assuming the title of a substance manufacturer, pharmacist, physician, dentist or another similarly authorized person.
- Forging a false prescription or written order to obtain controlled substances.
- Possessing a false prescription with the intent to obtain a controlled substance.
According to the law, fraudulently attempting to claim a controlled substance through these methods is a class D felony.
The punishment for prescription fraud
A class D felony such as prescription fraud is punishable by up to seven years in prison. If the individual has to serve more than a year in prison, the court may send the convicted to the state Department of Corrections at its discretion. The court may also order the convicted to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
Prescription fraud may seem like a harmless little crime, but being convicted of the crime carries heavy penalties. Even if you need a certain drug through a prescription, you can get into trouble with the law if you obtain the drug fraudulently. Should an error involving your prescription lead to charges laid against you, you should consider hiring an attorney. An attorney with experience handling drug possession cases should be able to protect your interests during court hearings and help you realize your legal options.