The majority of pharmacy thefts over the past decade involve two of the most abused drugs in the nation: hydrocodone and oxycodone. This often conjures an image of masked drug thieves and armed robbers holding up pharmacies to feed their habit, when in fact, many times pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are pilfering drugs from pharmacy shelves or skimming drugs from patients whose prescriptions they fill. Studies reveal that nearly half of all U.S. pharmacy thefts between 2010 – 2013 were a result of employee pilferage.
Many times drugs are stolen to feed a personal addiction, which can sometimes be a problem among pharmacy workers because of easy access. However, other times it is a matter of selling stolen drugs for quick cash. A Racine, Wisconsin pharmacy technician is facing a misdemeanor charge of theft and a felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance after she allegedly stole a bottle of Oxycodone, which she later sold for cash.
Despite the technician’s claim that she needed the money for rent and groceries for her family, she is facing serious consequences for her actions. If convicted, the delivery charge could carry a fine as high as $50,000 and up to 15 years in prison or both; the theft charge could carry a fine as high as $10,000 and up to nine months in prison.
Contact an Experienced Wisconsin Delivery of Controlled Substance Arrest Lawyer
If you have been charged with illegal or prescription drug possession or delivery, or a theft crime, you could be facing fines, imprisonment and a criminal record that may negatively impact your future employment prospects. Securing the help of an experienced drug crime criminal defense lawyer is key. Contact the Law Offices of Andrew C. Ladd in Brookfield, Wisconsin for help. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to receive reduced charges, an alternative sentence or other ways to minimize the long-term impact of these charges on your life. Contact us today.