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Can I be charged with drug crimes for fraudulent practices?

In Arkansas, law enforcement and legislators are serious about preventing fraud with controlled substances. Although, street drugs are perceived to be a significant problem in society, prescription medications are increasingly being mentioned as causing damage to people who abuse them. Many prototypical "street" drugs can be acquired legally via prescription. Those who either seek to acquire these drugs fraudulently and those who are providing them fraudulently can face charges if they are caught and arrested. Understanding the law with fraudulent practices with controlled substances is integral to lodging a strong defense against these drug crimes.

When a drug that is classified as Schedule I or Schedule II is provided or sought via fraud, it is against the law. This applies to: practitioners who are providing the drug; people who seek to acquire or obtain the drug by misrepresenting, forging, committing fraud, deceiving, stealing or using subterfuge; furnishing material or information that is false or fraudulent or omits material when applying, reporting or from a record; and a person who distributes, possesses or makes an item that will reproduce a mark that identifies a drug label or container to make it counterfeit. It is also illegal to give the controlled substance to another person a controlled substance and substitute a non-controlled substance instead of what was initially requested.

The penalties for these acts depend on which aspect of the law was violated. It will be a Class C felony for violation of the law of Schedule I or Schedule II drugs. For Schedule III, Schedule IV or Schedule V drugs, it is a Class D felony. For Schedule VI drugs, it is a Class A misdemeanor. If there is a second conviction, it can be a Class D felony.

Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD and other opiates or hallucinogens. Schedule II includes methamphetamine, cocaine and oxycodone. Schedule III include anabolic steroids, depressants and stimulants. Schedule IV are prescription stimulants or depressants. Schedule V are weaker painkillers and stimulants. Schedule VI is marijuana or synthetics.

For people who are arrested on these allegations whether it is as a person providing the drugs or seeking the drugs, having a strong legal defense is a major factor in a positive result. Perhaps a plea bargain could be achieved or the evidence is such that there can be a successful defense and acquittal. A law firm that has experience in defending clients arrested for drug crimes can help.

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