You were out with friends having a good time when one of them offered you some hydrocodone. You weren’t trying to get high, you’d just sprained your ankle and were in a lot of pain. You didn’t see any harm in taking the medication, but an officer saw her give you a pill out of the bottle.
When they approached you, you didn’t think you’d done anything wrong. After all, you just wanted some pain medication. Unfortunately, possessing a Schedule II drug like hydrocodone without a prescription is a violation of the law. It’s also illegal for someone to give you hydrocodone if they don’t have the licensing or authority to do so.
Ignorance of the law may not be a good defense
It’s important to note that being ignorant of drug laws may not be a good defense for you. Possession of an illicit substance can still get you into deep trouble with the law, even if you’re trying to take it responsibly.
What should you do if you’re accused of a drug crime?
If you are accused of a drug crime for taking a pill for pain relief after an accident like yours or if you are caught borrowing a medication from a friend because of forgetting your own prescription, your attorney will need to look closely at your case to help you build a defense. While what you did was technically illegal, it’s important that the penalties fit the crime.
Our website has more information on drug crimes and what you can do if you’ve been charged.