There are countless ways to obtain addictive prescription drugs without a valid prescription. Prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax, and other pharmaceuticals can be highly addictive when abused due to Schedule II, III, and other dangerous drugs that are part of their makeup. They are therefore a target for illegal obtainment, trafficking, and sale. The following acts are forms of prescription fraud that are used to obtain such drugs illegally:

  • Forging a prescription
  • Deceiving a physician into prescribing a drug
  • Bribing a physician to prescribe a drug
  • Issuing a prescription to a patient without a valid need
  • Issuing a drug to a person without a prescription
  • Packaging or manufacturing a drug to appear like a prescription drug

All of the above are fraudulent acts and felony offenses. As felonies, they will result in as many as five years in jail or prison and a maximum fine of $25,000. Hire a skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney today if you are facing charges of any kind of prescription drug crime.


Drug offenses are very harshly tried and penalized in Illinois, which is why it is vital for you to retain aggressive defense. The criminal defense firm of Okabe & Haushalter strives to provide the most effective and aggressive defense in all areas of criminal law and has obtained many successful case results over the years. Learn more today through a case evaluation.

Contact Okabe & Haushalter at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment and speak with a defense attorney. A lawyer from our firm will review your case with you and provide you with initial legal options. Our firm has been featured in the news and has won various awards, including inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers® for more than five consecutive years. Moreover, Ryan Okabe has an Avvo Rating of 9.3 Superb and Mark J. Haushalter has an Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb. We can help, so call today!

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