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Prescription Drug Charges


Prescription drug charges in Michigan could mean time in prison and thousands of dollars in fine.


Prescription drug charges have dramatically increased over the past few years in Michigan. Whether you are facing charges for possessing Xanax, alleged to have sold Vicodin, or are accused of distribution of Adderall, Rudoi Law specializes in representing individuals charged with prescription drug crimes.

Under Michigan law, possession of a single Xanax pill is regarded as a Felony. Most other prescription medications are accompanied by a similar felony charge. White it seems absurd, illegal possession of prescription medication could equate to time spent in prison. If you have been charged with possession of a prescription drug, whether it be Vicodin, Xanax, Oxycontin, or Adderall, you need to seek legal counsel right now!

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Whether you obtained a prescription drug from someone with a valid prescription, from a forged prescription, or by abusing the prescribing power of doctors, you will be subject to hard criminal penalties and will need an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Vicodin is classified as a Schedule III drug in Michigan, with possession or sale carrying strict legal punishment. By using Vicodin you could end up locked away for a year and paying $1,000 in fines. Felony prescription drug charges include Vicodin possession, with punishment of up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine, and Vicodin manufacture, delivery, possession with intent, or creation, which can result in a seven year jail term and possible $10,000 fine.

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Charges for using OxyContin, a Schedule 2 drug, can also have you in jail and paying fines. Using OxyContin could result in a year of jail time, with fines of up to $2,000. Possession of under 50 grams could put you behind bars for four years with fines of up to $25,000. Between 50 and 450 grams of OxyContin can result in a 20 year jail sentence, and fines of as much as $250,000. Between 450g and 1kg can bring a 30 year jail term and a possible fine of $500,000. Over 1kg of OxyContin can result in a life sentence as well as a fine of up to one million dollars. The penalties for manufacturing, delivering, or creation of OxyContin have the potential for even harsher sentencing.

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Michigan law treats the illegal distribution of prescription drugs the same way as it does for cocaine or heroin dealing. A conviction for the distribution of prescription drugs will likely result in jail or prison time.

In the event you have been previously convicted on drug-related charges, or are accused of distribution in select public places including schools, you could be subject to additional penalties like driver’s license suspension. Forging a prescription form can result in serious criminal penalties as well, as harsh as actual possession or distribution drug crime charges.

In certain cases, however, Michigan law does allow drug charges to be taken under advisement and dismissed. Under MCL 333.7411, Michigan law allows an individual who has never been charged with possession of narcotics to have their case taken under advisement and dismissed upon successful probation.  Often, it is our strategy is to convince the court that our client should be placed in this type of alternative sentencing program.  By having your drug case taken under advisement, you avoid having a felony drug record, as well as licensing sanctions.

When it comes to defending yourself, every second matters. It’s the accused vs. a vast network of law enforcement and prosecution professionals.

If you are facing Prescription Drug Charges in Michigan, we can offer the determined expertise you need. In courthouses in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties, Rudoi Law is on call to take on your criminal case.