In recent decades the opioid and prescription pill crisis in the United States has focused the spotlight on doctors and pharmacies that prescribe and distribute these drugs. Federal law enforcement agencies and prosecuting attorneys have aggressively targeted what they believe to be “pill mills.” While some of these investigations do result in the prosecution of physicians and pharmacists who operated questionable practices, many legitimate medical practices and pharmacies have also been the target of federal investigations and prosecutions. If you have been charged with illegally distributing prescription medications at the federal level, you undoubtedly already realize that the penalties for a conviction could be far-reaching and long-lasting.
At Haas Law, we understand that as a physician or pharmacist, the mere accusation of illegally distributing a controlled substance can be devastating to your reputation. Our prescription pill distribution defense attorneys have the experience and skill needed to protect your reputation and your rights as well as vigorously defend you in federal court.
Federal Law and Penalties Related to Prescription Pill Distribution
The term “pill mill” is frequently used by government officers and agents when referring to a medical practice that they believe distributes prescription drugs outside of the usual course of practice and/or without a legitimate medical purpose. At the federal level, the distribution of a controlled substance is largely governed by 21 U.S.C. 841 which allows a duly licensed physician or pharmacist to distribute controlled substances. It is illegal, however, to knowingly and intentionally distribute or dispense a controlled substance other than in the usual course of practice and for a legitimate medical purpose. You can be held equally responsible, meaning you face the same penalties, under 21 U.S.C. 846 for attempting or conspiring with someone to violate 21 U.S.C. 841.
Unfortunately, for a medical professional who is the target of an investigation relating to the distribution of controlled substances, the negative consequences often began long before a determination of guilt. Not only can your license be arrested and charged with a serious felony, but your reputation will be sullied, and the government may seize bank accounts related to your business. If you are ultimately convicted of illegally distributing or dispensing prescription pills, you could face a lengthy term of imprisonment, a hefty fine, and/or the seizure of assets. If you are convicted of prescribing pain medication without a legitimate medical purpose, and the patient later overdoses on those drugs and dies, you face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and may be sentenced up to life in prison.
Get Help from Experienced Prescription Pill Distribution Defense Attorney
If you believe you are the target of a federal “pill mill” investigation, or you have already been charged with illegally prescribing prescription drugs, the time to speak to an experienced federal criminal defense attorney is now.
At Haas Law, we know what “red flags” the government looks for and what steps law enforcement will typically take in an investigation relating to the distribution of prescription medications. Our experienced prescription pill distribution attorneys will aggressively attempt to stop the investigation before you suffer any negative consequences. When that is not possible, we will zealously work to protect your rights and reputation as well as defend the accusations against you.
Call us at 407-755-7675, chat with us online, or submit our online form today. Because we understand that time is of the essence when federal law enforcement authorities are investigating you, our calls are answered 24 hours a day, allowing you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.