Vicodin or OxyContin Possession charges are quite serious in Philadelphia. The illegal possession of prescription narcotics and other Schedule I and Schedule II drugs exposes a person to a prison sentence and the potential for exceptionally high fines. The prosecutor must prove the accused knowingly and purposefully possessed Vicodin, Oxycontin or any controlled substance without a valid prescription, understands the drug to be an illegal controlled substance and was apprehended with actual possession of or “constructive control” over the medications beyond a reasonable doubt.
OxyContin is one of the brand names of Oxycodone, a powerful narcotic pain medication. It is known to be addictive and is also sold under the brand names of Percodan and Percocet. Vicodin is also an opioid pain medication (Hydrocodone) blended with paracetamol (acetaminophen). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports overdose deaths due to opioids such as Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are five times higher than in the year 2000. Prosecutors are concerned about the serious risks associated with these drugs and the damage they do to the community. In many cases, prosecutors will attempt to accuse the defendant of Possession With Intent to Deliver or PWID which carries much more severe penalties than simple possession charges would carry.
This is why it is important to contact experienced criminal defense attorney Lauren Wimmer if you or someone you love faces Vicodin or OxyContin possession charges or PWID in Philadelphia. The prosecution may rely upon other circumstances such as the presence of a substantial amount of cash, baggies, or other paraphernalia or criminal tools to increase the charges and penalties you face. Wimmer Criminal Defense holds the prosecution to the high standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt” and challenges every possible aspect of the case including the physical evidence, testimony of police or any informants or witnesses, as well as the actions of law enforcement and lab technicians.
If you are looking for a proven, aggressive Philadelphia criminal defense attorney for help with Vicodin or OxyContin Possession charges we invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact us or call 215-712-1212 for a free consultation.