The number of people being prescribed powerful medications to manage crippling pain has risen dramatically in recent years. Living with constant pain is difficult on many levels. Of course, there is the aspect of enduring the pain during everyday life. However, becoming physically and emotionally addicted to the pain medications can spark a person to seek multiple physicians to prescribe additional medication in order to tolerate the pain. Other people have become so addicted to these controlled substances, they also pursue more than one physician to obtain these potent medications. Doctor shopping is the act of seeking pain medication prescriptions (controlled substances) from multiple physicians without disclosing to the prescribing physician your current prescriptions for controlled substances. Doctor shopping is illegal and can carry serious penalties.
In August 2013, New York introduced the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP). This is a real time prescription monitoring program where physicians consult a data base to determine if a patient has previously or is currently prescribed a controlled substance. This act has yielded an increase in the number of doctor shopping charges in New York State. If you or a loved one are facing charges for doctor shopping, it is crucial for you to understand your rights and have an experienced criminal defense attorney. A viable and strong case strategy for defense could drastically change the outcome for the charges you are facing.
Being indicted with doctor shopping to obtain multiple controlled substance prescriptions can have grave consequences within the traditional court system. If you have multiple prescriptions and are in possession of significant amounts of a controlled substance, you could be charged with a Class A-1 felony. This could carry a penalty of more than 10 years in jail and / or a fine of up to $100,000. There may be alternatives to these severe penalties, so you do not want to face these charges alone. When you obtain strong legal counsel with an attorney who understands the intricacies of the law and how the court system works with these cases, you may receive a less harsh sentence such as rehabilitation or probation. Choosing the right criminal defense attorney with a good balance of experience defending these types of cases, expert knowledge of the law, and compassion will give you the best outcome possible.
The law firm of Raiser & Kenniff, PC, has over 30 years of experience successfully representing clients who are now facing various criminal charges including doctor shopping. Raiser & Kenniff are former assistant district attorneys, which gives them the unique understanding of how your charges will be prosecuted. Therefore, this savvy team of attorneys understand the struggles you or your loved one are facing by being indicted on drug charges. They comprehend the mental and financial impact these circumstances can have on an individual. Place your trust in the law firm with a proven record of developing an effective case strategy for individuals facing drug charges including doctor shopping. Contact the law firm of Raiser & Kenniff, PC.