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Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud

Brevard County Prescription Fraud Defense Lawyers​

If you have been arrested in Brevard County / Central Florida for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, an experienced criminal defense attorney is your best protection.

At the Law Office of Richard G. Canina, our attorneys have over three decades of criminal defense experience and we routinely protect and defend the rights of those charged with all felony drug offenses. 100% of our practice is devoted to criminal defense.

Florida Law

Under Florida Law, a person who intentionally uses deception or falsity to obtain a prescription drug, either to profit from it or for recreational purposes, can be charged with “obtaining a controlled substance by fraud” (prescription fraud). Doctors can be charged with prescription drug fraud if they issue prescriptions to those without valid medical conditions. Pharmacists can also be charged if they alter prescriptions in any way. Florida’s prescription drug fraud laws cover a broad range of illicit activities. Acts that constitute prescription fraud include (but are not limited to):

In Florida, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. If you have been arrested for prescription fraud in Melbourne or anywhere in Brevard County, please CONTACT the Law Office of Richard G. Canina today for a FREE Case Evaluation..

Collateral Consequences of a Conviction

If convicted of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in Florida, the Florida  Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may suspend the person’s driver license for a period of 1 year, regardless of whether an automobile was actually involved in the offense. The person must wait 6 months before being eligible for a hardship (Business Purpose Only) license. What this essentially means is that the person must go six months of NO driving whatsoever.

In addition, having a felony conviction results in a person’s loss of civil rights including: right to vote, right to bear arms, and right to serve on a jury. Current and future employment opportunities may also be jeopardized.

Possible Ways to Avoid a Drug Conviction

Even if you have been charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, this does not necessarily mean you will be convicted or labeled a “felon”. In fact, there may be several other ways to resolve your case without a felony conviction including reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor, placement in a pretrial diversion or pretrial intervention program, placement in a drug court program, successfully arguing a motion to suppress evidence, obtaining a withholding of adjudication.

Prescription Drug Fraud Attorneys  in Brevard County, FL

Being charged with possession of a controlled substance in Brevard County or anywhere in Central Florida is a serious matter. Serious crimes call for serious representation! With nearly 35 years of combined criminal defense experience, our attorneys fight vigorously to obtain the best result possible for each and every, single client.

The Law Office of Richard G. Canina proudly defends all residents of Brevard County including Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Cocoa, Titusville, Rockledge, and the Beaches. We also serve neighboring Volusia County, Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, and Indian River County.

CONTACT the Law Office of Richard G. Canina today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION

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