San Antonio Prescription Drug Lawyer
Fighting Accusations of Prescription Drug Offenses
At the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski, I understand how easily one can be caught up in the world of prescription drug abuse. Today, more than ever, prescription drugs are being abused at an alarming rate. For example, the advent of Oxycontin, a very powerful pain killer, has swept across the nation and has wreaked havoc in the lives of those using the drug.
Other than possession-related crimes, typically prescription drug offenses will involve internet fraud or obtaining prescriptions by fraud and doctor shopping. What may once have started as a physical dependency on medically necessary prescriptions for pain or anxiety often can become an addiction resulting in selling legally obtained prescriptions on the street or finding a “pill mill” where doctors will prescribe medications to patients who don’t meet the necessary requirements for a prescription.
If you have been charged with a crime involving a prescription drug, we encourage you to speak with my firm at once.
Former Prosecutor Defending You
I have a vast amount of knowledge and experience representing clients in cases where individuals are charged with importing or exporting prescription medication across international borders through the mail or a boat or an airliner.
Many of my clients are even professionals who have been caught up in one way or another using:
- Anabolic steroids
- Human growth hormone (HGH)
- Insulin growth factor (IGF)
- Drugs sold without FDA approval
The illegal purchase and sale of chemicals used to make methamphetamine can also result in a drug crime charge. Drug abuse and addiction does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, or social status.
Does Taking Prescription Drugs Affect My BAC?
Your BAC, or blood alcohol concentration, is the percentage of alcohol present in your blood at any given time. The more alcohol you have in your system, the greater the chance is that you will become physically and mentally impaired. Drivers who have a BAC level of 0.08% or more can be arrested and charged with DWI.
There are many factors that can affect an individual’s BAC, above and beyond straight alcohol consumption, and these include his or her age, gender, body type, metabolism, rate of consumption, food, diabetes, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and more. Most prescription drug labels include warnings that advise users against taking their prescription if they plan on driving, drinking or operating any form of heavy machinery.
Drugs, even those prescribed by a doctor, can have an adverse effect on an individual’s mental capacity and response time in and of themselves. Many people are completely unaware of the fact that even consuming a small amount of alcohol in addition to taking prescription medications could easily put them over the legal limit and directly into harm’s way.
Penalties for Prescription Drug Crimes
The penalties for prescription drug crimes are just as severe as those penalties for illegal or other controlled substances and can carry lengthy jail terms and very sizable fines. If you find yourself facing charges relating to prescription drugs, do not wait to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney who has a practice focusing on drug crimes.
As a former prosecutor, I have valuable inside knowledge and experience as to how the state will prosecute their case, allowing me to hone in on the various aspects of a case which may be its Achilles heel. From the manner in which you were searched, arrested, the chain of custody of evidence being used against you and the techniques used to elicit information from witnesses, there are many pitfalls to a prosecution’s case which I can use to possibly have your charges dismissed or reduced.