Delaware Prescription Forgery Laws
In Delaware narcotics and street drugs are readily available. Anyone and everyone who is looking for them can easily obtain them throughout the state. No longer are narcotics crimes based around street or recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamines. Drugs and medications typically used for medicinal purposes such as pain relief and to relieve anxiety are now very commonly seen in drug crimes of all types. The internet, and other types of technology, have enabled the rate of possessing forged prescriptions or forging prescriptions to increase. Possessing a forged prescription or prescription pad is a crime that can have serious consequences.
If you, your child or a loved one have been charged with forging prescriptions or possessing manufactured prescription pads it may make sense to consult with an experienced Delaware Forged Prescription Defense Attorney.
What is a Forged Prescription?
Forging a prescription or possessing a forged prescription is a crime in Delaware. Forging a prescription is defined as illegally acquiring pharmaceuticals for either personal use of for profit. Personal use means that you intend to ingest the medication or compounds for the effect, usually with the intent of getting high or intoxicated. Acquiring them for profit means you intend to sell or distribute them which is a more serious crime. There are several ways to forge a prescription such as blatantly writing your own prescription on a blank pad and increasing quantity on an otherwise legitimate prescription. A skilled Delaware Illegal Prescription Defense Attorney can help you if you have been charged with forging a prescription.
Commonly Forged Prescription Medications
Almost any medication that can change or alter one’s mood can be forged. Examples are Xanax, Valium, Percocet, Vicodin, Aderall and Muscle Relaxers. The point behind illegally obtaining these is usually to get high as the misuse and abuse of prescription medications are almost as common as abusing street drugs in Delaware.
Other medications that may be prescribed, but not necessarily to get high, are erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra and Cialis.
Delaware Illegally Obtained Prescription Pad Laws
§ 841C. Possession or theft of a prescription form or a pad.
(a) A person in possession of a blank prescription form or pad who is not a practitioner as defined in this section shall be guilty of a class G felony. “Possession” in addition to its ordinary meaning, includes location on or about the defendant’s person, premises, belongings, vehicle or otherwise within the defendant’s reasonable control.
(b) A person is guilty of theft of a blank prescription form or pad when the person is not a practitioner as defined in this section and takes, exercises control over, obtains or receives, produces or reproduces any facsimile or counterfeit version of, or transfers, uses, gives, or sells any copies, facsimiles or counterfeit versions, a prescription form or pad of a practitioner with the intent to deprive the practitioner of the use thereof or to facilitate the commission of drug diversion.
(1) A “practitioner” means:
a. A physician, dentist, veterinarian, scientific investigator or other person licensed, registered or otherwise permitted to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to or to administer a controlled or noncontrolled substance in the course of professional practice or research in this State.
b. A pharmacy, hospital or other institution licensed, registered, or otherwise permitted to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to or to administer a controlled or noncontrolled substance in the course of professional practice or research in this State.
(2) Theft of a blank prescription form or pad is a class F felony.
Call a Delaware Forged Prescription Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation
A drug crime conviction will impact your life for years to come. Your ability to get a job and your ability to further your academic standing will all be jeopardized if convicted of a drug crime or theft crime. If you have been charged with forging a prescription or possessing a forged prescription pad please do not wait to contact me, Delaware Narcotics Crime Defense Lawyer Brian J. Chapman by calling 302-656-2528. You can also email University Of Delaware Forged Prescription Defense Attorney brian J. Chapman by clicking here.
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