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Criminal defense includes options for drug crimes

Drug addiction has reached epidemic levels in many parts of the country, including Georgia. From big cities to small towns and in all walks of life, addiction to powerful painkillers has touched nearly every family. Many addictions begin with a legitimate prescription following an illness or injury, and addicts may take desperate measures to obtain the drugs they crave. This may include actions that result in the need for a strong criminal defense.

One former medical assistant is among those whom investigators believe committed felony acts of forgery and fraud to feed her addiction to painkillers. Police arrested the 47-year-old woman following a week-long investigation that began when a pharmacist alerted officers of a potential prescription forgery. In fact, the investigation concluded that the woman wrote more than 30 fake prescriptions in the past two years on prescription pads she allegedly stole from a doctor's office where she used to work.

Unlike several others whom police recently arrested, this woman did not appear to be procuring the drugs to sell but only for her personal use. Now she faces 93 felony counts, including possession of a controlled substance, identity fraud and obtaining a controlled substance by forgery for each of the 30 falsified prescriptions. Apparently, a search of her home revealed additional unfilled forged prescriptions.

The charges could result in many years of incarceration if the woman is convicted of the crimes. However, with a strong criminal defense, those who face drug charges may have alternatives to prison. An experienced Georgia attorney will fight for more positive options, such as treatment for addiction, that will provide the opportunity for a fresh start.

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