6 potential prescription drug-related criminal charges

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2023 | Drug Offenses

Prescription drugs help many individuals across the United States manage various medical conditions.

However, the misuse and abuse of prescriptions is a growing concern, leading to strict regulations and potential criminal charges in Illinois.

1. Possession of controlled substances

Illinois law classifies prescription drugs into different schedules based on their potential for abuse and medical use. Possessing a controlled substance without a valid prescription can result in criminal charges. The severity of the charges often depends on the drug’s classification.

2. Possession with intent to distribute

If an individual possesses a significant quantity of prescription drugs with the intent to sell or distribute them, they may face more severe charges. This offense carries more significant penalties than simple possession.

3. Prescription fraud

Misrepresenting information to obtain a prescription, such as providing false medical information or using a fraudulent prescription, is prescription fraud. This can lead to criminal charges if caught.

4. Doctor shopping

Seeking multiple prescriptions for the same or similar medications from different healthcare providers without disclosing previous prescriptions is “doctor shopping.” It is illegal and can result in criminal charges.

5. Forgery or alteration of prescriptions

Changing the information on a prescription, such as the medication dosage or quantity, is a criminal offense in Illinois. This includes forging a prescription or altering a legitimate one to obtain more drugs.

6. Driving under the influence of prescription drugs

Operating a vehicle under the influence of prescription drugs that impair your ability to drive safely can lead to charges of driving under the influence in Illinois.

Drug-related offenses account for approximately 26% of arrests made in the nation. While receiving these charges is overwhelming, not every case necessary leads to a conviction.