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Cape Cod Possession of Prescription Drugs/Pills Lawyers

Even though prescription drugs are legal and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, they aren’t legal for everyone all of the time. Being accused of stealing, purchasing, or obtaining any medication without a prescription from a doctor with the intent to take or sell could land you in serious trouble. The drug crime defense lawyers with James Powderly have spent years defending people in Cape Cod against accusations like possession of prescription drugs, and we are ready to stand up for you. Don’t let accusations like this rob you of your freedom or harm your reputation in the community. Contact us at (508) 343-0676 today.

Across the country, prescription drugs are everywhere. In fact, statistics from the Mayo Clinic report that nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug and more than half take at least two. And with the recent increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths across the country affecting everyone from celebrities to family members and even your next-door neighbors, state and federal law enforcement is cracking down on people who illegally obtain prescription painkillers and other drugs. Having unlawful prescription drugs in your possession could turn your life upside down with severe punishments ranging from thousands of dollars in fines to probation, and even serious jail time.

Many residents of Cape Cod and all over the state of Massachusetts are unaware of how serious drug charges involving prescription drugs and pills can be for you and your future. Because prescription drugs are technically legal and approved by the FDA, it’s common to view possession of these pills without a prescription as a minor offense with consequences equivalent to a “slap on the wrist” or a warning. However, prescription drugs that are illegally obtained can be treated just as seriously as possession of more commonly known illegal substances, such as cocaine or heroin, with serious criminal penalties like fines, probation, and jail time.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a prescription drug crime the time to act is now. You can’t afford to wait any longer to take action. Cape Cod possession of prescription drugs/pills attorney James Powderly has decades of experience handling these types of cases and offers free consultations to go over the details of your case and talk to you about your rights and legal options. You deserve an attorney who will fight for you and make sure you get the best legal representation possible to avoid serious jail time or other penalties that can ruin your future. Call us today at (508) 343-0676 to learn more about your rights and take control of your future.

Why Choose Us

Criminal cases can be extremely complicated and stressful for everyone involved. When you are facing tough penalties and potential jail time, your future can look bleak. James Powderly has fought for people just like you for over ten years, gaining the necessary experience to navigate the often complex criminal justice system. Having worked in close to 100 cases, the Cape Cod criminal defense attorneys take the time to get to know the details of your case and explain the charges you are facing, but also take the time to get to know you on a personal level. For many people facing these types of charges, they may be suffering from addiction or trying to help a loved one who is suffering from addiction to painkillers or opioids. Our attorneys know mistakes happen and not every case is as black and white as authorities make it seem. That’s why we are committed to fighting for you. Facing criminal charges related to drug possession can make it seem like all hope is lost, but you have options and you have someone who will stand next to you. To get started, contact us today at (508) 343-0676 or fill out an online form and take the first step toward protecting your life and future.

Cases We Handle

Abusing or possessing illegal prescription drugs has become a common occurrence in the United States. In fact, an estimated seven million people use prescription drugs across the country without authorization from a doctor. Because of this high volume of illegal users and the increase in prescription drug-related overdose deaths, many law enforcement agents are enacting stiffer penalties, or in some cases may overstep their legal authority and search your home or vehicle without a warrant. A skilled criminal attorney can challenge illegal search and seizures and potentially have evidence thrown out if it was obtained illegally.

Whatever the circumstances of your case, you need an attorney with you every step of the way. Contact us today if you’ve been charged with possession of an illegal prescription drug such as:

  • OxyContin
  • Other painkillers
  • Vicodin
  • Norcos
  • Percocet
  • Valium
  • Codeine
  • Xanax
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Dexedrine
  • Dilaudid
  • Ketamine
  • Fentanyl

These are just a few of the many other prescription drugs and controlled substances that are not only easy to get addicted to but commonly bought and sold without a doctor’s orders across the state of Massachusetts and the country. Contact us today if you have been charged with possession, distribution, manufacturing, or trafficking prescription drugs, stealing prescription pads, or forging a prescription, and let us get to work for you.

Penalties for Drug Possession

These types of narcotics are considered very serious by law enforcement officers, and they as well as judges and juries will not go lightly on the people who are accused of using them, despite any additional circumstances. Unlike aspirin or other over the counter medications, these are controlled substances with laws and regulations, as well as potentially serious side effects if abused, including impaired driving and in severe cases, overdose and death.

Penalties for illegally purchasing or obtaining prescription drugs differ from state to state. In Massachusetts, the penalties depend on how serious the government views the specific prescription medication you were in possession of and its potential dangers at the time of arrest. This goes for all drugs, whether prescription or illegal substances. The penalties can be much stricter for those in possession of strong opioids or painkillers like oxycodone or methadone because, just like cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin, these drugs are classified as Class B substances. Class B is the second most dangerous classification of a drug and will include controlled substances with a likely chance of addiction. Depending on your specific case and the drug you were accused of illegally obtaining, you could be facing any of the following penalties:

  • Jail time
  • Probation with random drug screening
  • Expulsion from school if you are a high school or college student
  • Loss of federal financial aid for college students

All of these penalties could be detrimental to your life and your future. That’s why you need an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney by your side every step of the way to make sure your rights are protected.

How We Can Help

Even though pain medications, opioids, and other prescription pills were intended to control pain or target a specific side effect, they can be highly addictive for people of all ages. When the prescription runs out, going back to the life you knew before taking these pills can be near impossible. In times like this, people may turn to illegally purchasing these medications from people they know or even forging prescriptions and a doctor’s signatures. James Powderly and his team are here to listen to your case and give you the best possible defense. This includes:

  • Looking over every detail of the police report
  • Investigating your case on our own
  • Going over the results of drug lab tests
  • Examining the details of your arrest or why a police officer searched your property in the first place
  • Ensure your right to a fair trial
  • Protect your reputation and future

Drug-related crimes are one of the most common in the Cape Cod criminal justice system, as thousands of people face misdemeanor and felony charges for crimes related to unlawful possession of prescription drugs and pills. Don’t let the word “prescription” fool you. Although you aren’t being charged with possession of cocaine or heroin, these charges are serious and could destroy your life if you don’t quickly seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A felony conviction can damage every part of your life, sending you down a path you never wanted.

Contact Us

You and your family’s life and future could depend completely on how quickly you act and the quality of the legal representation you select for your case. Being arrested or charged with illegal prescription drug possession isn’t a death sentence. You have rights and options, and the Cape Cod criminal defense attorneys will do everything in our power to defend you. In many instances, the outcomes of these cases come down to a couple of facts, and your case may hinge on how prepared your attorney is. We will work hard to help get the charges you are facing reduced or dropped. Contact us today at (508) 343-0676 and speak with a member of our team to help you regain control of your future and your livelihood.