Like many, you may have started using prescription painkillers after getting a prescription from your doctor for a serious injury. Unfortunately, these medications may be highly addictive, which may lead to you continuing to use them even after you no longer have a valid prescription. Should you get them from another person or through fraudulent means, however, possessing such drugs could result in serious criminal charges. At the Mudd Legal Group, we have helped numerous people understand the potential penalties associated with possessing painkillers without valid prescriptions in Kentucky.
Many painkillers commonly prescribed to patients throughout the state are classified as Schedule II controlled substances and are narcotic drugs. This includes Norco, Vicodin and other hydrocodone combination products, oxycontin, codeine, morphine, and Percocet and other oxycodone combination products. According to Kentucky state law, the possession of such medications without a valid prescription is classified as a Class D felony.
If convicted of unlawfully possessing prescription painkillers, the court could order you to pay a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000. You may also be sentenced to imprisonment for up to three years.
Fortunately, the law also provides allowances for the court to sentence people to treatment for illegal possession of painkillers. If it is your first prescription drug-related offense, the court may favor sentencing you to presumptive probation or deferred prosecution. Therefore, in lieu of serving a term of incarceration or paying fines, you may carry out conditions of probation placed by the judge in your case, which may include participating in a drug treatment program. More information about this topic is available on our web page.