Prescription Drug Charges

Prescription drug abuse has been increasingly on the rise throughout the United States and here in Arizona. Illegal possession of a prescription-only drug is usually filed as a class 1 misdemeanor; however, there are related charges that can and will be filed as felonies. These charges can lead to significant jail or prison time. The potential related charges to prescription drugs are:

  • Forgery of a Prescription
  • Taking the Identity of another to fill a prescription
  • Altering a Valid Prescription (Forgery)
  • Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs
  • Theft of Prescription Drugs
  • And others

Prescription drug defense attorney Charlie Naegle understands how prescription drug abuse can get out of control. Charlie has helped many people get their lives back on track after being charged with a prescription drug violation. He has assisted individuals not only in the courts but also in keeping their careers when faced with termination due to the charges filed against them.

If you been arrested or charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs, or any other drug charges relating to prescription drugs, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows how to fight the system for you and assist you in getting your life back on track.

Prescription only drugs

Under A.R.S. § 13-3401, a prescription-only drug is defined as a drug which is not a narcotic drug or a dangerous drug, and which is:

  • Any drug which, because of its toxicity or other potentiality for harmful effect, or the method of its use, or the collateral measures necessary to its use, is not generally recognized among experts, qualified by scientific training and experience to evaluate its safety and efficacy, as safe for use except by or under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
  • Any drug that is limited by an approved new drug application under the federal act or section 32-1962 to use under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
  • Every potentially harmful drug, the labeling of which does not bear or contain full and adequate directions for use by the consumer.
  • Any drug required by the federal act to bear on its label the legend "Caution: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription" or "Rx only."

At Brown Naegle Crider & Jensen, LLC, we understand how prescription drugs can affect your life. Let us assist you in getting your life back on track.  We will develop a strong defense to the charges filed against you.

3850 E Baseline Rd Suite 112
Mesa, AZ 85206
local phone: (480) 378-9000