Having worked in several doctor's offices over the past four years allegedly allowed one woman to collect prescription pads and the ability to supply friends and family members with pills for their drug habits. A 37 year old Bridgeport woman is now facing charges for doing exactly that—filling many prescriptions at pharmacies across the state.
Since 2006 she is said to have worked in clinics in Greenwich, Bridgeport, Stratford, Ridgefield, Norwalk, and Stamford. When DEA agents came to these clinics asking if their physicians had written prescriptions to the woman, they stated no but that she would've had access to the prescription pads during her respective employment.
According to the Post, all of the prescriptions were in the same handwriting and made out to the woman herself as well as friends and family. Painkillers including hydrocodone were the main bulk of her bounty, popular among many who count prescription drugs as a vice.
She is now facing charges of: illegally obtaining or supplying drugs, second degree forgery, criminal impersonation, and possession of narcotics. She was arrested and then released on her own recognizance. (This is common when judges don't see a defendant as a flight risk—requiring no bail, just a promise to return.)
Since her released she is said to have enrolled in treatment for her problem. Taking proactive measures to show your remorse and to get help before it is ordered by the court can be beneficial when you do go before the judge.
Oftentimes, drug offenders are ordered to treatment as a condition of their sentence or probation. In Connecticut, first time offenders sometimes qualify for “Accelerated Rehabilitation”. This program includes drug treatment in addition to counseling, drug testing, and community service.
Other potential outcomes of a drug charge aren't so lenient. It all depends on the specific circumstances of your case. This particular defendant's charge of “possession of narcotics” could carry up to a 7 year sentence for her first conviction! Although not likely, the potential is there.
It's rare to see someone sentenced to the maximum allowed sentence under the law. Instead judges try to balance fairness with what will help the defendant while requiring some type of punishment. Probation is often ordered for the first few drug charges.
If you are facing charges of possession or even possession with intent to distribute, I can help. Contact me today to discuss the potential outcome of your case and how I may be able to assist you in getting a better result.