Charged With Doctor Shopping? You Need A Strong Defense

Drug Shopping Offenses

Counsel from a Proven Dallas Prescription Fraud Lawyer

Have you been accused of "doctor shopping?" Doctor shopping is a kind of prescription fraud committed by individuals that visit multiple doctors under false pretenses in order to obtain prescription medication. The state of Texas, unfortunately, treats these individuals like hardened criminals, but the truth is many of them are struggling addiction and need help.

At my firm, the Law Office of G. Thayer Williamson, I believe that the accused in these cases deserve a dedicated advocate on their side as they confront the allegations against them. As a former prosecutor, I'm well-aware of how our court system handles drug cases and how the true issues troubling the accused can be trampled in the process. My goal is to interrupt that process and ensure the my clients receive every consideration they deserve before the law.

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The Penalties For Drug Shopping

Doctor shopping is described in Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.129 as any attempt to obtain a controlled substance via "misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge." Doctor shopping can be charged to individuals who are engaging with physicians or pharmacists. In recent years, databases have been established that allow law enforcement to easily track down suspects who may be illegally trying to obtain prescription medication.

As a form of prescription fraud, the seriousness of a doctor shopping charge depends on the type of substance involved, the quantity of the substance, the accused's criminal record, and other factors. Because these offenses involve prescription medication, it is likely the charge will be a Class A misdemeanor.

A Class A misdemeanor in Texas can result in:

  • Fines up to $4,000
  • Jail time up to one year

Keep in mind, however, that every case is different and potential penalties can vary. If you've been charged with doctor shopping, it is highly advised that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. At my firm, a knowledgeable Dallas prescription fraud attorney is ready to hear your story and begin providing you with reliable and actionable legal options.

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