I am a nurse who has been accused of taking Schedule 8 drugs from the cupboard and taking them for my own use and disposing of the ampoules in the sanitary bin.The drugs were signed for and countersigned in the DD book. These were forged. What proof would my employer need to substantiate these allegations and what evidence would be required to have a criminal charge placed against me?
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Hello and thank you for your question.
If the signatures match yours closely then that is quite damning evidence, but such evidence can be checked by a handwriting expert. If there is any real doubt about the validity of the signature's and that is the only evidence available, then you should be acquitted.
However, if that evidence is supported by other evidence, such as the drugs in question being found on your person, or in your car or home, or if there is witness evidence that you took the drugs and/or signed the DD book, then obviously the case against you would appear strong.
If the alleged offence occurred recently, then you might be able to raise evidence in support of your defence if you have your self tested for the presence of the drug in your body. Of course how feasible that is will depend on the drug and what tests are available, for which you would need to seek medical advise. If you do test clean then that would be strong circumstantial evidence in your favour. If you test positive to the drug, of course that could be quite damning.
If you engage a lawyer to assist you, he or she should be able to obtain full details of the evidence against you and can then consider your case in more detail than can be done through a service such as this. Because the allegations against you are so serious, I would strongly recommend you engage a lawyer ASAP.
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