Those illegally seeking drugs to fuel an addiction are not the only ones who can face allegations of prescription fraud. Doctors can also face such charges, potentially damaging their reputation and ability to work irreparably.
Drug and fraud laws are so complicated that even studied professionals can have trouble deciphering them. For physicians accused of prescription fraud, the law as written might as well be gibberish, but you must understand it to mount a proper defense.
How did you get in so much trouble?
You may feel your professional conduct is above reproach, so what caused the authorities to believe you acted fraudulently?
Possible explanations for your predicament:
- You had no legitimate reason to prescribe a controlled substance.
- You prescribed controlled substances in unusually large quantities.
- You ordered an excessive dose in a prescription for a controlled substance.
- You accepted a bribe or other inducements in exchange for a controlled substance prescription.
The list could go on, but these are some common reasons doctors face federal or Minnesota healthcare fraud charges involving prescriptions. A conviction can stain your good name, put you behind bars and potentially cost you many thousands of dollars in fines.
How can you minimize your circumstances?
You must chip away at the prosecution’s case, preferably under the guidance of a legal representative.
Possible defenses to explore together:
- Proving legitimate medical need
- Lack of intent to commit prescription fraud
- Insufficient evidence to prove illegal conduct
- Law enforcement missteps during search and seizure or arrest
Depending on the evidence your legal team uncovers, you may have reasonably good odds of finding a defense strategy that minimizes the severity of your situation.