Another type of common drug offense is the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs include those typically administered by physicians and psychiatrists.
These drugs, while legal when distributed in their proper regulated fashion, are illegal when distributed or manufactured by an unauthorized individuals.
Utah has strict laws for distribution of prescription drugs, which if violated may lead to harsh penalties including fines and imprisonment.
In the event that you are charged with this type of offense, an experienced defense attorney can help mitigate these charges.
Susanne Gustin works diligently to provide her clients with solid representation. She has earned a reputation for zealously defending her clients from charges dealing with violent crimes, theft, and drug related offenses.
She will provide you with the necessary information you will need to begin your fight against drug related charges, and will keep you updated on the status of your case. Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814. This firm provides services for the Salt Lake County division.
Under Utah Code- §58-37-8, an individual commits a prescription drug crime when he or she knowingly and intentionally makes or dispenses, or possesses with intent to make or dispense a controlled or counterfeit substance.
This includes distributing a controlled or counterfeit substance and engaging in a criminal enterprise.
Penalties for prescription drug crimes will vary based on the circumstances. However, the most common penalties for these types of drug offenses include 15 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.
Consequences for Prescription Drug Crimes in Utah
Prescription drug offenses in Utah may result in a loss of good reputation, imprisonment, and expensive fines. However, these penalties are just a part of the consequences accompanied with a prescription drug offense.
Drug evaluation programs, loss of employment, and loss of licenses may also result from a prescription drug offense. These types of consequences can affect an individual’s criminal record, thus affecting their quality of life.
Possibility of Jail Time
While imprisonment is a possibility for drug offenses, the state’s focus is rehabilitation. With rehabilitation being Utah’s top priority, it is common for drug offenders to have their cases prosecuted in the Utah drug courts or mental health courts rather than the criminal court system.
Where criminal court focuses on penalizing offenders, drug courts and mental health courts focus more on the recovery of an offender, and seek to prevent individuals from becoming repeat offenders.
Although the option of drug education treatment programs will allow an individual to forego jail, this is more likely to happen with an experienced attorney advocating on your behalf.
Adult Drug Court- Site explaining the drug court process for adults accused of drug offenses
Narcotics Anonymous- Resource for individuals struggling with substance abuse and addition to get treatment
If you are charged with a prescription drug offense, call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 for a free consultation to discuss your options.
Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law services individuals in Davis County, Layton, Bountiful, Clearfield, Kaysville, and Farmington.