Many are surprised at the penalties they face for illegally possessing prescription drugs or attempting to obtain prescription drugs by fraud or forgery. The surprise comes from the fact that people mistakenly believe that it is not a “big deal” to have pills which are regularly prescribed by a doctor. The fact of the matter, however, is that prosecutors aggressively pursue those who possess or attempt to obtain controlled substances without a valid prescription. A conviction can mean incarceration, disqualification from employment, and other difficulties. By retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney you help to ensure that your rights remain protected. Will Corrigan is a Louisville lawyer handling cases which involve such drugs. We understand that you are facing a serious situation and our office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Defense attorney handling Louisville cases involving the possession of prescription pills
Kentucky criminalizes the illegal possession of prescription pills such as Valium, Ritalin, Xanax, Ambien, etc. Such narcotics are typically “Schedule II, III, and IV” drug. Illegally possessing such pills will typically result in a Class A misdemeanor charge. This offense carries a potential penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $500. If the defendant attempted or intended to distribute the pills to someone else then they may be charged with drug trafficking. Attempting to obtain a prescription by fraud or forgery can result in Class D Felony charges. Also, if the quantity of drugs is high enough then the case may result in a state felony or federal criminal charges. A defendant may face enhanced charges and penalties if found to be in possession of a firearm while possessing or trafficking drugs.
Misdemeanor cases will be heard in District Court. The case will begin with an arraignment at which the defendant will enter a plea of “not guilty.” A pretrial date will be set. Sometimes Will is able to negotiate for a Diversion deal, reduced charges, or a dismissal. As with other drug charges, cases involving prescription pills can often hinge on whether law enforcement found the drugs through a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights. If such a violation occurred then the defendant may file a Motion to Suppress any unlawfully seized evidence. If it is found that the police did not have “reasonable suspicion” which justified stopping you, or that they exceeded their authority when conducting a search, then it may be possible to gain a dismissal. If the Motion is not successful and a favorable resolution cannot be reached then the matter will conclude at a trial where the Judge or jury will decide the issues of guilt or innocence. Handling such a matter can involve issues of constitutional law, an understanding of the rules of evidence, and more. It is strongly suggested that you retain an experienced lawyer.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville defense attorney handling cases which involve prescription pills. Will has been licensed since 2009 and will protect your rights throughout the process. Once retained he will immediately acquire the arrest reports as well as any other evidence which the prosecution is required to disclose under Brady v. Maryland. He will file any appropriate Motions with the Court and will aggressively question the arresting officers at an evidentiary hearing. If a dismissal cannot be obtained then he will work to gain a favorable resolution. If a resolution cannot be reached then he will take your case to trial. It is the prosecution’s burden to prove that you knowingly possessed the narcotics without a prescription. We will argue that they cannot meet that burden. Contact us today.
Lawyer staying in regular contact with Louisville clients charged with possessing prescription drugs
A common complaint against attorneys is that they do not stay in contact with their clients. Will tries to be different in this regard. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, he quickly returns phone calls and messages, and he strives to make himself available to answer any questions which you may have. Our office will make sure you know what to expect as your case moves forward. Our lawyer is honored to service members of the Louisville community and we take this obligation seriously.