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Prescription Drug Fraud

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What is Prescription Drug Fraud?

Prescription drug fraud can be committed by doctors or patients. Patients commit prescription drug fraud in order to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance through fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or concealing facts. Doctors commit prescription drug fraud by writing illegal prescriptions either for themselves, friends, family, or patients.

Examples of Prescription Drug Fraud

  • A woman goes to the doctor with a fake injury in order to get prescription pain killers.
  • A man goes to multiple doctors for the same problem in order to get multiple prescriptions of a controlled substance.
  • A doctor charges a flat fee to write patients any prescription they want.

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Penalties for Prescription Drug Fraud

Prescription drug fraud is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Cases could be charged in state or Federal Courts. If charged as a misdemeanor the penalties include:

  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Imprisonment
  • A fine up to $1,000

If charged a felony the penalties include:

  • Felony probation
  • Imprisonment
  • A fine up to $20,000

If a medical professional commits prescription drug fraud they will likely lose his or her professional medical license. Cases prosecuted in federal court could face much more severe punishment.

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Legal Defenses for Prescription Drug Fraud

Perhaps you really do suffer from severe pain and are in need of painkillers. If you didn’t act with fraud or deceit to obtain your prescription, then you can’t be charged with prescription drug fraud.

As a person in a medical profession, you had to have known that you were prescribing a controlled substance for illegitimate reasons. If you honestly thought that the patient was in need of a certain controlled substance, then you can’t be charged with prescription drug fraud.

Entrapment happens with a law enforcement officer goes undercover to catch someone doing something illegal. If they used pressure, harassment, fraud, flattery, bribery or threats to get you to prescribe them a controlled substance or get you to obtain a controlled substance for someone else, then that would be entrapment.

Have you been legally accused of committing prescription drug fraud? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Prescription Drug Fraud Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card FraudEmbezzlementInsurance Fraud, and Mortgage Fraud, to name a few.

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Your Defense Attorney for Prescription Drug Fraud Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with White Collar Crimes such as Credit Card FraudEmbezzlementInsurance Fraud, and Mortgage Fraud, to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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