Jacksonville-BAsed Prescription Fraud Criminal Defense Attorney
Defending Clients in All Florida & Federal Courts
The use of prescription painkillers, sedatives, stimulants, and other prescribed medications such as hydrocodone, adrenal, Valium, and Xanax as recreational drugs has increased dramatically in the last few years. Law enforcement has developed tactics to prosecute the many forms of prescription fraud and the illegal use of prescription drugs. These cases have become a law enforcement priority all over the State of Florida.
Mitchell A. Stone has represented doctors, pharmacists, and pharmacy workers accused of trafficking prescription drugs, as well as patients and people suffering from addictions who are accused of doctor shopping, obtaining drugs without a valid prescription, illegal possession, or street dealing.
Call (904) 263-5005 immediately if you were arrested or believe you are under investigation.
Acts Qualifying as Prescription Fraud
Mitch Stone has represented doctors, hospital personnel, nurses, and pharmacy professionals facing state and federal investigations of illegal dispensing of controlled substances and prescription fraud. He has also defended medical professionals against serious charges of conspiracy and trafficking in pharmaceutical drugs.
As a result, Mitch Stone has developed successful defense strategies for charges, including:
- Dispensing drugs "out the back door" to people without prescriptions
- Smuggling pills out of the pharmacy or hospital
- Over-prescribing and getting kickbacks from street sales
- Prescribing drugs without seeing patients or without a valid medical purpose
Mitch Stone also represents clients accused of fraud in obtaining prescription drugs:
- Forging prescriptions
- Collusion with doctors or pharmacy insiders
- Doctor shopping (seeing several doctors for the same ailment)
- Filling a single prescription at multiple pharmacies
Prescription Drug Possession, Intent to Distribute or Trafficking
In the wrong hands, prescription-only medications such as hydrocodone, OxyContin, Lortab, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, or Ritalin (to name just a few) are just as illegal as cocaine or heroin. Possession of just one pill can be considered a felony offense.
Possessing a large quantity — or possessing small quantities of several different drugs — raises the stakes. Charges of intent to distribute, sale or trafficking are punishable by prison terms with some offenses carrying minimum mandatory sentencing of 25 years. Some of the harshest prison terms have been imposed on people who have never been in trouble with the law before.
We Understand What's at Stake
Mitchell A. Stone, P.A. has represented clients who stand to lose their jobs, professional licenses, and freedom if prescription fraud charges stick. Mitch Stone vigorously challenges the evidence in these types of cases in order to negotiate from a position of power rather than simply enter into plea bargains that subject clients to prison. There are many defenses to these types of cases that exist. Mitch Stone has the knowledge and experience to ensure clients receive the best possible defense in these situations.
Contact our offices for a free initial consultation with an experienced Jacksonville drug crime defense attorney.