NJ Federal Prescription Drug Fraud and Pill Mills Charges
Federal Prescription Drug Fraud and Pill Mills Charges – 21 U.S.C. 841
The opioid epidemic, coupled with the prescription drug fraud crisis, has become a rampant problem throughout the United States. As such, there has been an extensive crackdown on the illegal sale and distribution of prescription drugs by Federal law enforcement agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These law enforcement officials are aggressively prosecuting medical professionals who unlawfully distribute prescription drugs outside their usual practice or without any legitimate medical need.
According to Federal law under 21 U.S.C. 841, distributing a controlled substance outside the scope of its intended use is a felonious offense. Federal law also makes it clear that attempting or conspiring to violate this statute is against the law as per 21 U.S.C. 846. Law enforcement personnel have coined the term “pill mill” to describe scenarios where healthcare providers distribute prescription drugs illegitimately. Although most prescriptions drug fraud cases typically proceed in state-level courts, there are times when individuals face criminal charges in federal court due to their involvement in pill-mill operations.
Despite several people experiencing chronic pain, which could lead them to seek illegal prescriptions, unlawful distribution of prescription drugs has reached an alarming level.
At Spodek Law Group, Attorney Todd Spodek leads attorneys with vast experience handling various federal criminal investigations involving prescription drug fraud and pill mill charges. Their profound knowledge enables them to develop useful, effective legal strategies aimed at protecting clients from severe penalties.
Federal Criminal Investigations Of A “Pill Mill”
Special task forces instigated by federal prosecutors can identify, investigate and prosecute medical professionals who serve as primary sources of pain medication through pill mills. Such taskforces often scrutinize various red flags indicating an operation’s existence in question. A classic example may be how a particular “pain clinic” serves patients that reside too far away from their premises while still prescribing controlled substances. Additionally, unscrupulous practices like higher fees charged, acceptance of only cash payments and prescribing Schedule II and III prescribed medications indicate such operations may exist.
Compounding the situation further, federal agents together with local police departments run sting operations. They act as patients with medical issues to try to purchase pain medication unlawfully. After gathering evidence, a criminal investigation may commence immediately, with physicians’ prescription records carefully scrutinized for any illegally prescribed drugs.
Federal Prosecutors And Their Fight Against Prescription Drug Fraud
Physicians that prescribe medicine to their patients who then overdose on it are sometimes held accountable and face stringent charges. In such rare cases, if convicted of prescribing pain medication unlawfully, such physicians can expect a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in jail!
Moreover, in the majority of “pill mill” cases, Federal prosecutors will attempt to seize bank accounts, property and other assets that link back to the illegal activity. This forfeiture process may still occur even if an accused person is not found guilty at trial. However, Spodek Law Group prides itself on consistently winning seizures and forfeiture cases in federal courts through dogged legal representation aimed at recovering seized properties on behalf of clients.
Challenging Federal Prescription Drug Fraud Charges
If you have been charged under statues 21 U.S.C. 841 or 21 U.S.C. 846 relating to prescription drug fraud activities by Federal law enforcement authorities, contact us right away! At Spodek Law Group considerable experience handling various federal criminal investigations involving prescription drug fraud charges involves working closely with physicians and other practitioners across the United States. We use our skill sets to develop effective strategies aimed at achieving favorable outcomes for our clients while ensuring their rights are being protected throughout the entire process.
We take negotiations very seriously and strive hard towards convincing prosecutors to reduce or abate charges leveled against our clients altogether. Our team works painstakingly on every case we handle while scrutinizing all prosecutor’s witnesses closely to ensure the story accurately reflects their testimony.
If you are under investigation or indicted for alleged violations involving 21 U.S.C. 841 or 18 U.S.C. 1347, reach out to Spodek Law Group immediately for professional guidance. Our team of hailed national legal practitioners will provide you an immediate evaluation of your case and can register to start working on it by calling 888-535-3686 today.
Our lawyers boast a deep understanding of the law and utilize professionalism combined with empathy towards our clients during difficult legal times because we understand what they are likely going through. At Spodek Law Group, we guarantee -in-class legal representation and protection at the Federal Court of Law, call us today!
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