Prescription Drug Charges

The United States has seen a rapid increase in prescription drug abuse in every region for the past few years. In fact, recent reports by the National Institute of Health (NIH) states that they estimate a full 20% or people over the age of 12 in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. This is a growing area of illegal activity for both minors and adults.

Law enforcement is cracking down on the rapidly growing problem of illegal prescription drug use. Understanding your rights while taking advantage of the legal insights of a qualified criminal defense attorney is an important step to confronting the charges you face.


With all the extensive press that prescription drug abuse has garnered in the past decade, along with greater attention paid to newly publicized issues like doctor shopping and Canadian pharmacies, it is guaranteed that police officers will be extremely vigilant when it comes to this issue.

If you have been charged with a prescription drug infraction, it is vital that you immediately begin explore your defense options. Consulting with a criminal defense attorney who has the legal knowledge and courtroom experience to effectively represent you throughout the entire criminal process.

William Roelke is a dedicated Jacksonville lawyer who will use his extensive understanding of Florida's drug laws and your constitutional rights to build a strong defense strategy. His first priority is your best interest, not the simplest solution. This means fighting for positive outcomes such as case dismissal, not guilty verdicts, minimized sentencing and others.

Call (904) 354-0333 or send an online message to schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over the specifics of you case with William Roelke. Roelke Law, P.A. proudly represents individuals throughout Jacksonville, along with the Northeastern Florida cities of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Baldwin, St. Augustine, Orange Park and Hilliard, among many others.

Prescription Drug Charges under Florida Law

Florida Statute §499.03 states that a person may not possess, or possess with intent to sell, dispense, or deliver, and habit-forming, toxic, harmful drugs or prescription drugs, unless the possession has been obtained by a valid prescription of a practitioner licensed by law to prescribe the drug.

If the individual is charged with possession of prescription drugs, the presumptive classification will be that of a misdemeanor in the second degree. This charge, if convicted, will come with a presumptive sentence of up to 60 days in jail and / or up to $500 in fines.

For those accused of possession with the intent to sell, dispense or deliver prescription drugs, they will be looking at a third degree felony. This charge, if convicted, will come with a presumptive sentence of up to 5 years in prison and / or fines of up to $5,000.

Common Prescription Drugs in Florida

Some of the most common prescription drugs tied to criminal charges include:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Valium
  • Morphine
  • Ativan
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • Xanax
  • Adderall
  • Codeine

Roelke Law, P.A. | Duval County Prescription Drug Arrest Lawyer

William Roelke will draw on his experience representing adults and youth facing drug charges to help you though this difficult and stressful process. He takes a thoughtful and tempered approach to criminal defense, using his broad knowledge of Florida law to weaken the allegations. His formal education and previous career as a research scientist can also prove invaluable in situations involving evidence based on scientific testing.

To schedule a free consultation to go over you case with William Roelke, call (904) 354-0333 or send an online message. William proudly represents those with pending prescription drug charges throughout Northeastern Florida, including Duval County, St. Johns County, Clay County and Nassau County.

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