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Prescription Drug Fraud in Washington

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

The clutches of opioid addiction have wormed into every walk of life, demographic, and community. Understanding the seriousness of crimes of violating controlled substance laws to secure pain medications such as Oxycodone or Vicodin is critical in grappling with your case. A consultation with a Washington criminal defense attorney prior to making any statements to law enforcement can mean everything in fighting a prescription fraud case.

People arrested for prescription fraud in Washington, can be imprisoned in state or federal prisons, forced to pay heavy fines, or even be forced to forfeit your property or business. According to state law and federal law, authorities can seize someone's personal property if they are convicted of a drug crime. Assets such as cars, boats, or real estate are typical targets.

As authorities nationwide and in Washington have imposed stringent controls in a battle against the prescription drug epidemic, two people die each day in Washington from overdoses. Fraudulent behavior continues to become more creative and more difficult to identify. Washington officials continue to work hard to keep up with tactics used today by addicts or dealers attempting to secure prescription drugs.

Trained Pharmacists Watchful for Prescription Fraud Tactics:

  • Prescriptions written on stolen physicians' offices stationery or those written for manufactured patients.
  • Physicians' prescriptions that have been forged or altered to secure an increased number of pills.
  • Bogus prescription pads emblazoned with a legitimate doctor's office information containing a verification number to an accomplice who verifies the prescription.
  • Drug abusers call in their own prescriptions supplying their own telephone number as a confirmation number.

Consequences of a Prescription Drug Fraud Conviction

If you are convicted of a prescription drug fraud charge, recovering from it can be a long and difficult process. Aside from the strain and difficulty of an incarceration, another consequence that may linger includes a permanent criminal record that could impact your future employability, and Federal aid for education no longer is an option either.

What to Do if You Have Been Arrested for Prescription Drug Fraud

Your criminal defense strategy is critical in successfully fighting your prescription drug charges. These cases are complicated; your successful outcome will hinge on the experience of your criminal defense attorney. Contact our offices today to schedule time to meet to discuss your case. Karimi Law attorneys are experienced and skilled in understanding Washington and federal drug laws, especially the detailed technicalities that can help us keep you and your case in court. We will learn everything we can about you and your case. As we compile our list of tools to help you, we are often able to negotiate pleas or even completely avoid incarceration by submitting to DOSA.

If you need help preventing your assets from being permanently forfeited or you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help fight your case, call the Law Offices of Karimi Law today. We can plan your best defense.

About the Author

Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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Named a "rising star" in criminal defense by Washington Law and Politics magazine, Mr. Karimi is a former prosecutor for King County who uses his insight into prosecution strategies to protect his clients' rights in criminal court.