Prescription Drug Crimes

Prescription Drug crimes include a variety different offenses, including Drug Possession, Possession with Intent, and Drug Manufacturing to name a few, and involve illegal activities with controlled substances that can otherwise be obtained legally through prescriptions and orders from medical professionals.  These substances are criminalized by virtue of their listing in "schedules" created at both the Federal and State levels.  Both Federal and Florida law include heavy fines and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum sentences of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE.  Mr.  Petruzzi has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation for, Prescription Drug offenses by both Federal and State authorities. His experience and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset to his clients.

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Federal Prescription Drug offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and the Department of Justice.  Some common Federal Statutes criminalizing Prescription Drugs include:

21 USC Sec.  841 –

(a) Unlawful acts

Except as authorized by this subchapter, it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally:

(1) to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance; or

(2) to create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense, a counterfeit substance.

Florida Prescription Drug offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various State and Local law enforcement agencies.  Some common Florida Statutes criminalizing Prescription Drugs include:

893.147 Use, possession, manufacture, delivery, transportation, or advertisement of drug paraphernalia.—

(1) USE OR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.—It is unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia:

(a) To plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance in violation of this chapter; or

(b) To inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of this chapter.

(2) MANUFACTURE OR DELIVERY OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.—It is unlawful for any person to deliver, possess with intent to deliver, or manufacture with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia, knowing, or under circumstances where one reasonably should know, that it will be used:

(a) To plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance in violation of this act; or

(b) To inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of this act.

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