Drug Offenses: Prescription Drug Fraud

Prescription drug fraud is also committed by an individual who puts a false or counterfeit label on a prescription drug container, or one who changes or removes a label or symbol required by law on a prescription drug.


Lastly, a person may not obtain or try to obtain a prescription drug by altering the prescription order, concealing material information, using a false name or address, creating a false or counterfeit prescription, or by fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.


The consequences of a prescription drug fraud charge can be severe. It is a felony for a person to pass, issue, create, or possess a false or altered prescription for a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute it. The penalty is up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $15,000. A repeat offender convicted under this section must be sentenced to imprisonment for NOT LESS than 2 years and is not eligible for parole during that time. "Controlled dangerous substance (CDS)" does not include distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, or tobacco. However, it does include the principal drug compound used to manufacture a CDS; a chemical likely used to manufacture a CDS; or one that is controlled to prevent or limit the manufacture of a CDS.


Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) are typically the subject of prescription drug fraud charges andinclude, but are not limited to: 


Marijuana, Heroin, LSD, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Ritalin, Vicodin, Opium, Fentanyl, Morphine, Oxycodone, Methamphetamine, PCP, Adderall, Ketamine, Marinol, Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Cough suppressants containing Codeine or Lyrica.


Maria Patterson has tried over 100 civil jury trials and numerous district court trials. Often prescription drug fraud charges arise after a person has sustained an accidental injury and has been left in chronic pain.   Lawyer Maria Patterson has litigated hundreds of personal injury cases and has cross examined dozens of medical experts on subjects including chronic pain and the management of chronic pain with prescription medication.  Medical records, including prescription records, are private and those privacy rights are protected by federal law. 


Attorney Maria Patterson has successfully argued that prescription drug fraud charges should not be pursued in a case where the investigating officer failed to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act. HIPPA privacy provisions and procedures must be complied with on a regular basis by personal injury lawyers, like Maria Patterson. Her experience in this area is invaluable in excluding improperly obtained evidence of prescription drug fraud.


If you have been charged with prescription drug fraud, please contact criminal defense attorney Maria Patterson at 301-383-1525 to schedule an appointment at the Bowie office of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott in Prince George's County.  Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott is conveniently located on Melford Boulevard, which is an exit off of the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301. Maria Patterson handles prescription drug fraud cases in Upper Marlboro, Annapolis, La Plata, Prince Frederick, Silver Spring and Rockville.

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17251 Melford Boulevard, Suite 101

Bowie, MD 20715 US

Bowie lawyer Maria Patterson handles prescription drug fraud cases in Maryland.


Maria Patterson is a Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyer located in Bowie.  Under Maryland law, a person who manufactures, distributes, or possesses with the intent to distribute a prescription drug is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to up to two years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $1,000 on conviction. 


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