It's easy to run afoul of Georgia's drug laws for prescription pain relievers such as such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
One mistake such as carrying a friend's prescription can lead to prosecution and a permanent criminal record.
Addiction to opioid-based pain relievers is a serious problem in Georgia and nationally. Many people who take these drugs legally for pain conditions or following surgery become addicted. This can lead people to obtain the drugs illegally.
Unfortunately, innocent people can get caught up in the state's attempt to enforce prescription drug laws. Here are some examples of things that can result in criminal drug charges in Georgia:
- Carrying a family member's or friend's prescription
- Using prescription pain relievers after your prescription has expired
- Carrying prescription pain relievers in an unapproved container, such as a pill bottle that does not have prescription information.
- Using a friend's prescription drug to treat a temporary pain condition
In Georgia, it is illegal to use possess certain prescription drugs, including opioid-based pain relievers, without a doctor's prescription. Visiting multiple doctors to obtain a prescription is also a crime known as doctor shopping.
If you are accused of a prescription drug crime, it's important to seek legal advice to avoid a damaging conviction. Even if you serve no jail time, a drug conviction can:
- Make it harder to find a job
- Make it harder to rent an apartment or buy a house
- Make you ineligible for student loans and government programs
To keep your record as clear as possible following a prescription drug arrest, talk to an experienced defense lawyer before you say anything to police. By explaining how you obtained the drugs, you could give police the evidence they need to charge you with a crime.