- In Florida it is a crime for a person to seek a prescription from a doctor without informing the doctor that he or she has obtained a prescription for the came or a similar drug within the last 30 days. It is not necessary for a doctor to inquire about other prescriptions in order to be convicted of doctor shopping. (See Fla. Stat. 893.13 (7)(a)8)
- Doctor shopping is a third degree felony in Florida and a person convicted of doctor shopping could face up to 5 years in Florida state prison.
- Doctor shopping is a serious offense in Florida. If you or a loved one has been arrested for doctor shopping it is crucial to contact criminal defense lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, P.A. at soon as possible so that work can begin on building your defense.
Prescription Fraud and Prescription Forgery
- Prescription fraud or prescription forgery occurs when an individual falsifies a doctor's prescription in order to obtain a drug.
- Prescription fraud is a 2nd degree misdemeanor for a first offense and a second arrest for prescription forgery is considered a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. (See Fla. Stat. 831.30)
Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription
- Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription in Florida is treated a 3rd degree felony where a person could face up to 5 years in state prison.
Trafficking in Prescription Drugs
- Trafficking in Hydrocodone: Trafficking in Hydrocodone is a very serious crime in Florida. If you or a loved one has been arrested for trafficking in Hydrocodone it is imperative that you contact drug crimes lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. as soon as possible. Trafficking which weighs over 14 grams can subject a person to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years in Florida State prison and a $50,000 fine. Trafficking in hydrocodone which weighs 28 grams or more but less than 50 grams will subject a person to a possible mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years in state prison and a $100,000 fine. If you have been arrested for trafficking in hydrocodone no matter what the weight you will be facing stiff mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. In order to maximize the chances of achieving a successful result in your hydrocodone trafficking case, it is essential that you contact an experienced drug trafficking attorney as early as possible. (See Fla. Stat. 893.13 (2)(2))
Trafficking in Oxycodone: Trafficking in oxycodone is a serious offense. A person can be convicted of trafficking in oxycodone for possessing only 7 grams of the drug. A person convicted of trafficking in oxycodone which weighs between 7 and 14 grams will face a mandatory minimum of 3 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine. Trafficking in oxycodone which weighs between 14 and 25 grams subjects a person to a mandatory minimum 7 years in state prison and a $100,000 fine. Trafficking in oxycodone which weighs between 25 and 100 grams subjects a person to a possible 15 year mandatory minimum state prison sentence. See Fla. Stat.
Florida's drug sentencing laws are extremely harsh. If you or a loved one has been arrested or is under investigation for drug trafficking, doctor shopping, prescription fraud, or any other prescription drug related offense, it is crucial that you contact drug possession defense attorney Antonio D. Quinn immediately so that work can begin on defending your liberty.