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Prescription Drugs

are you being targeted?

Law enforcement is rounding up individuals throughout South Florida suspected of possessing prescription pills ranging from oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet. Recently, law enforcement has narrowed its campaign to individuals who withhold information from doctors to obtain prescription medication. This practice is commonly called “doctor shopping”.

Individuals arrested for “doctor shopping” can face a sentence of up to five years in Florida State Prison. Individuals arrested for possession of oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet can face sentences of up to thirty years in Florida State Prison depending on the combined weight of the drugs. Even patients in possession of “legitimate” prescriptions from a doctor can be prosecuted under Florida law depending on the circumstances.

what has changed?

The USA Today recently labeled Broward County as “the Pill-Mill Capital of America”. Largely as a result of this negative national attention, city representatives, law enforcement, and legitimate health care professionals have advocated to strictly regulate the prolific number of pain clinics throughout Broward County. Although doctors have routinely prescribed oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet to patients with legitimate chronic back and neck injuries for years, the State of Florida has recently assembled local tasks forces to ferret out patients visiting multiple doctors to receive prescriptions pills. Over the past few months, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has signed legislation aimed at curbing the growing number of illegal prescription drugs flowing from Broward County pain clinics to neighboring states such as Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio. This new legislation allows law enforcement to detect patients who go to multiple doctors seeking pills. As a result, law enforcement is aggressively investigating suspected individuals for doctor shopping and pain clinics who do not carefully screen its patients. Recent media reports praising the new legislation have served to galvanize law enforcement to make arrests in any situation where they suspect foul play, regardless of a patient’s constitutional rights or privacy requirements. Moreover, the State Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting individuals arrested for possession/trafficking of controlled substances to the fullest extent of the law.

The prescription drug attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have witnessed a growing number of cases where law enforcement has camped out in front of pain clinics waiting to pull over vehicles displaying out-of-State license plates for questionable traffic violations such as: dark tint, loud muffler, or failure to maintain a single lane. Pulling over a vehicle for committing a traffic infraction provides law enforcement with an opportunity to briefly detain the occupants of the vehicle for enough time to write up a citation. Police officers oftentimes make such traffic stops under the guise of a legitimate traffic violation where their real intention is to question the occupants of the vehicle and to request the driver’s consent to search the vehicle. These searches can lead to law enforcement arresting individuals holding illegitimate (and legitimate) prescriptions for oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet on a variety of drug-related charges, including trafficking of a controlled substance. In Florida, trafficking of a controlled substance carries significant minimum mandatory prison sentences and exorbitant bonds.

experience matters

The criminal defense lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin are keenly aware of the legal issues associated with these popular prescription drugs. As former prosecutors, we know the tactics utilized by police and prosecutors to secure convictions and are familiar with the complex case law, statutes, and penalty enhancements associated with drug related crimes. The Fort Lauderdale drug attorneys Lyons, Snyder & Collin has experience handling every type of issue including confidential informants, undercover police officers, and covert recording devices.

attorneys who care about their client’s well-being

Criminal defense attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder will take the time to discuss the most effective options to handle your case, including the ramifications of accepting a plea and possible alternative sentences including drug rehabilitation and counseling. Our team of attorneys routinely have our clients evaluated by independent medical professionals to diagnose possible dependency and other mental health issues. When appropriate, we encourage our clients to enroll in Drug Court which provides an alternative to the traditional criminal sentence. Upon successful completion of the program, the Court will dismiss the case, leaving you with no criminal record.

The criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin thoroughly prepare vigorous defenses for clients facing prescription pill charges of:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Sale/Manufacture/Deliver a Controlled Substance
  • Trafficking of a Controlled Substance
  • Writing Prescriptions Illegally
  • Obtaining Drugs by Fraud

Drug attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder are committed to providing their clients with innovative defenses and aggressive negotiation tactics in all prescription pill offenses. Our team of criminal lawyers explore every option, investigate the prosecution’s case to identify weaknesses, and ensure that you receive the best possible defense available.

If you or a loved one is charged with a criminal offense involving oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and/or percocet, contact the Fort Lauderdale prescription drug attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 954.462.8035 for a free consultation.

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