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Hi Jacustomer,It's getting harder and harder to engage in behavior like this because now most pharmacies belong to a central data base, and they can see if a person is doctor shopping regardless of where the customer usually fills his prescriptions, and his name and address will be on file.Yes, if he presented forged prescriptions in his own name and the doctor reported the forgery, your friend may very well hear from the police. The DEA is not apt to get involved in this matter, as a lone individual with a drug dependency is not worth their attention. They will leave him to the state.They are not likely to turn up at his door, but they may contact him to ask him to come down to the station to discuss the possibility that someone was forging prescriptions made out to him. If that happens he should say absolutely nothing about what he did or didn't do. He has no obligation as a suspect in a crime to cooperate with the police by giving information against himself. You don't get gold stars for cooperating with the police in an investigation. What you generally get is arrested.He should get off of the phone and say he wants to discuss this with a lawyer before talking to anyone. And then he should reach out and contact a criminal lawyer. If there is a video, and the police have what they need to arrest him at least he will not have made and signed a confession. If there is no video, then the evidence the police have may not be enough to give them probable cause for arrest, and by not talking to them, he will have averted his arrest, at least temporarily until they can find more evidence from another source.These charges would be felony charges. That said, however, the offenses are clearly due to a drug dependency. Generally, even in the worst case scenario if they arrest him, if he has no prior felony convictions, he may prove to be eligible for something like Treatment Court, or some other non-incarceratory disposition, which could actually address his problem and get his case dismissed down the road if he's able to successfully clean up his act.
Thank you so very very much.
Just a few more questions please.
1)How do I obtain a Motion of Discovery?
2) How can I find out which drugstores are cooperating w. LE?
3) I'm a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology, getting ready to defend this summer. Might this ruin my career?
4) I have my real doc's knowledge and scrips (detox meds for vicodin) to back me up that I am legitimately detoxing. Might this help?
5) Can I deny that the cameras at Walgreens & Target (if they were indeed working and recorded me trying to pass off stolen scrip) were actual recordings of ME? (i.e. change my appearance and say it was some other individual using my license (which recall I "lost")?
Thank you and that's it! You've been invaluable. God Bless.
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