Oxycodone (OxyContin) Possession and Arrest Facts

You may be arrested for having Oxycodone (OxyContin) if you do not have a valid prescription for it, use it in a way other than how it was prescribed, among several other reasons.

How Oxycodone (OxyContin) Can Be Illegal

Oxycodone (OxyContin) is an opioid and affects the way our brain and nervous system react to pain. It can also create a euphoric and sedative effect. It is listed as a Schedule II drug that carries high potential for abuse with severe psychological or physical dependence. Because of this classification, Oxycodone (OxyContin) must be prescribed—otherwise it is illegal to have or to use.

Punishment for Oxycodone (OxyContin) Possession

Facing charges for possessing Oxycodone (OxyContin) means the crime is a misdemeanor. Under the Health and Safety code, you can be punished by jail up to one year in jail.  Thanks to Proposition 47, possession used to be a felony with much higher exposure for punishment.

There are ways of avoiding jail however and accepting a drug treatment program. This will depend on the facts of each case as well as the legal strategy you develop with your drug lawyer. There are several ways in which you can be disqualified from a treatment program that will give you a fresh start after your arrest.

Common Ways of Getting Arrested for Oxycodone (OxyContin)

Possessing any prescription pill can be tricky because of their relative small size and the ability to place them in any kind of container. However, when most people are arrested for having a prescription medication, they are often already subjected to some form of investigation.

Therefore, the way in which that investigation took place could mean there may have been an unlawful search based on accepted police practices standards. Having an experienced attorney assess your case is critical to determining this because it can mean the difference between having to plead guilty to the charges or having the case thrown out.

What to do After Arrest for Oxycodone (OxyContin)

First of all, hire a lawyer that is familiar with the laws involving prescription pills, common investigations and police practices that lead to the arrest, and available options that can save your future. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an attorney to have your case evaluated for free.