Experienced Defense Against Prescription Drug Charges
Drug abuse and addiction are commonly associated with controlled substances, such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, yet the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that an estimated 48 million people, age 12 and older, have used prescription drugs for various nonmedical reasons. Addiction to prescription drugs is an increasing problem nationwide, resulting in a staggering rise in emergency room visits and 911 calls.
Another result of the increased use of prescription drugs is increased enforcement of laws regarding the illegal possession and/or distribution those drugs. In 2017, new, tighter regulations regarding the prescribing of opioid pain medication went into effect in attempt to control the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. Continued use of prescription opioids, which are used mainly for pain relief, can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms.
Sometimes Law Enforcement Gets It Wrong
In their zeal to control the illegal use and distribution of prescription drugs, law enforcement authorities can sometimes make mistakes. As a result, you or a loved one may face criminal charges as a result of what law enforcement perceives as the illegal use of prescription drugs. At The Law Office of Louis K. Nagy, PLC, we defend clients in Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas of Virginia who face charges of illegal possession and/or distribution of prescription drugs.
Criminal charges involving prescription drugs often relate to painkillers that affect the central nervous system, including Xanax, Vicodin and OxyContin. Other prescription drugs that are commonly abused include Adderall and Ritalin, which are used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Representing Adults And Juveniles
We represent both adults and juveniles against a wide range of drug charges. If you have a child attending James Madison University or any nearby Virginia school who is facing criminal drug charges, we can help.
Defense strategies in these cases can focus on:
- Whether the accused actually knowingly possessed the prescription drugs
- Whether law enforcement authorities conducted a legal search and seizure
- Whether the accused has a legal prescription for the drug
Learn More About How We Can Help
The lawyer you choose to work with can make a difference, not only in the outcome of your case, but also how it proceeds. We provide highly personalized legal counsel to every client. That means you will work directly with your attorney throughout your case, and you will always stay informed about the status of your case.
If you face charges of possession and/or distribution of illegal prescription drugs, we welcome the opportunity to review the facts of the case and recommend a course of action. Call 540-315-8450 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.