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Prescription Fraud Crimes

Prescription fraud is a crime that can happen fairly easily. Individuals recovering from a painful surgery can become dependent on Vicodin or other prescription drugs to kill the pain.

This can lead to shopping around for cooperative doctors willing to give prescription drugs, or even foregoing prescription sheets altogether.  These types of circumstances lead to serious addiction which may lead to prescription fraud charges.   

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Salt Lake City Prescription Fraud Defense Attorney

As an experienced defense attorney, Susanne Gustin will work tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcome for your case.  She will address your concerns, and ensure that you are fully knowledgeable about the progress of your case.

If you are charged with prescription fraud or other narcotics offenses, call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 immediately.  She will work towards helping you get out of this situation as quickly as possible.

Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law represents clients in Salt Lake County, Alta, Mount Olympus, Cottonwood West, East Millcreek, and Herriman.

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Prescription Fraud Information Center  

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Prescription Fraud Defined


Prescription drug fraud is on the rise in Utah. With more Americans using prescription drugs, some of them end up addicted and resort to fraud when their prescription runs out. Obtaining a prescription through deceit or fraud is a serious crime in Utah.

According to Utah law, it's against the law to knowingly and intentionally possess or use a prescription drug unless it was obtained with a valid prescription from a physician acting within their practice.



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Penalties for Prescription Fraud

In Utah, prescription fraud can be punishable by a wide array of penalties depending on the circumstances of your case. Some determining factors include the amount of the substance, the type of substance, prior convictions, age, and harm caused to another during the offense.

Penalties for prescription fraud may also be increased depending on the location of the act, and whether the actor used a weapon.  Some penalties for prescription fraud include  the following:

*As of May 12, 2015, individuals on probation for possession of Schedule I or II controlled substances are Category I restricted persons banned from buying or possessing firearms or dangerous weapons.*

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Utah Drug Acts

Utah has produced a number of acts categorizing drug violations, and penalizing said violations. The Utah Controlled Substances Act is the most prominent of these acts; however, there is a number of supporting legislation.

This act is intended to prosecute illegal drug laboratory activities.

The purpose of this act is to regulate licenses for professionals, distribution, and use of precursor chemicals for controlled substances.

This act defines unlawful acts and describes penalties for subsequent offenses.

Eliminating paraphernalia associated with controlled substance use is the purpose of this act.  It also defines offenses and penalties.

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Utah Drug Schedule

Utah code categorizes different drugs into “Schedules” in order of abuse potential, the risk of dependence, and accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. These Schedules are as follows:

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Prescription Fraud Conviction Resources in Utah

Violence and Injury Prevention Program- Resource for individuals suffering from substance addiction.
Trust for America’s Health- Public health resource for drug overdose mortality rates and other statistics on substance abuse.

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Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law Salt Lake County Prescription Drug Conviction Attorney

If you find yourself facing prescription drug charges, call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your options and the next steps.

Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law represents clients in the following areas: Davis County, East Layton, West Bountiful, Fruit Heights, and surrounding areas.

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