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Obtaining A Controlled Substance By Fraud

It is an offense for a person to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by using some type of fraud. Fraud can be by forgery, deceit, or alteration of a prescription or of any written order, or by the concealment of a material fact, or by the use of a false name or the giving of a false address.

JUPITER — A 67-year-old Jupiter dentist is facing a list of drug charges after officers say he wrote fake prescriptions under his patients’ names but filled them at pharmacies for himself.

Christopher Petterson faces drug trafficking and fraud charges.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to Petterson’s alleged scheme Dec. 13 when the office manager of a dental spa where he used to practice got a call from a Walgreen’s pharmacist about a prescription he wrote for a patient that contained two conflicting drugs.

The probable cause affidavit says the pharmacist gave the office manager the patient’s name, but the manager could not locate a file for the patient. The manager also found it odd that Petterson had written the prescription although he had not practiced at the Jupiter office in months and he was about to retire.

Investigators began to follow the prescription trail and found that Petterson wrote two prescriptions, for a total of 70 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, in that patient’s name. The man said he called Petterson a while back for a second opinion about a procedure he was going to have done. Petterson offered to write him a prescription for his pain, but the man did not pick it up. He told officers he had no clue about the second prescription. Full story, source.

Distribution and Trafficking

As a drug charge, “distribution” usually means that a person is accused of selling, delivering, or providing controlled substances illegally. This charge is often used if someone tries to sell drugs to an undercover officer. Trafficking generally refers to the illegal sale and/or distribution of a controlled substance. Despite the name, trafficking has less to do with whether the drugs cross state lines, and more to do with the amount of drugs involved.

The consequences of a conviction for distribution and trafficking vary significantly depending on:

  • the type and amount of the controlled substances(s) involved
  • the location where the defendant was apprehended (for example, bringing an illegal substance into the country carries higher penalties, as does distributing drugs near a school or college), and
  • the defendant’s criminal history.

Sentences for distribution and trafficking generally range from 3 years and a significant fine to life in prison — with trafficking carrying higher sentences.

Trafficking Threshold Amounts
  • Cannabis: 25 pounds or 300 plants
  • Cocaine: 28 grams
  • GHB: 1 kilogram
  • Hydrocodone: 4 grams
  • LSD: 1 gram
  • MDMA (Ecstasy): 10 grams
  • Oxycodone: 4 grams

These amounts are just the minimum amount needed to support a drug trafficking charge.

West Palm Beach Oxycodone Charges Attorney

Many drug crimes in Florida are subject to mandatory minimum prison sentences of at least three years. Even if you are not facing prison time, the arrest can have a profound effect on both you and your family. At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, we will take a proactive approach in defending you.

Oxycodone is a powerful and addictive pain medication that is often abused as recreation. Oxycodone charges include possession of Oxycodone, drug trafficking, racketeering and prescription fraud. These may lead to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or longer, as well as fines and a criminal record that haunts you the rest of your life.

At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida, our defense team has many years representing clients charged with drug crimes. We have a thorough understanding of Florida laws and how to apply them to your unique case. Contact our firm to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.

Many Oxycodone offense cases involve false allegations. The police may notice the medication during a routine traffic stop and charge you with possession. If the amount of Oxycodone is over four grams, the police can charge you with drug trafficking. However, neither of these are valid allegations if you have a prescription for the medication or the pills were left over from a former prescription. If you have a prescription, having possession of the drugs is legal.

The law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., is involved in many high profile criminal cases throughout Florida. One of our cases involved a doctor charged with racketeering and administering Oxycodone, Methodone and Roxicodone unlawfully. By being proactive, we can often resolve these cases in our clients’ favor.

Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300. Se habla español.

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