What is CDS: Obtain by Fraud in Maryland? CDS Obtain by Fraud in Maryland is a criminal charged defined in the Maryland Criminal Code section 5-601.
If you have been charged with CDS Obtain by Fraud in Maryland, contact Baltimore criminal defense lawyer G. Randolph Rice, Jr., with the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr. LLC, at (410) 694-7291 or email the office for immediate legal help.
Q: Is CDS Obtain by Fraud a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?
A: CDS Obtain by Fraud is classified as a misdemeanor in Maryland.
Q: What is the maximum penalty for CDS Obtain by Fraud in Maryland?
A: The maximum penalty for CDS Obtain by Fraud in Maryland is imprisonment not exceeding 4 years or a fine not exceeding $25,000.00, or both.
CDS Obtain by Fraud in Maryland
Q: What is the law in Maryland for CDS Obtain by Fraud?
A: Maryland Criminal Law Code 5-601(a)(2) defines the crime of CDS Obtain by Fraud and states:
Maryland Criminal Law Code Annotated §5-601 (As of 2014)
§ 5-601. Possessing or administering controlled dangerous substance.
(a) In general. — Except as otherwise provided in this title, a person may not:
(2) obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled dangerous substance, or procure or attempt to procure the administration of a controlled dangerous substance by:
(i) fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or subterfuge;
(ii) the counterfeiting or alteration of a prescription or a written order;
(iii) the concealment of a material fact;
(iv) the use of a false name or address;
(v) falsely assuming the title of or representing to be a manufacturer, distributor, or authorized provider; or
(vi) making, issuing, or presenting a false or counterfeit prescription or written order.
(b) Information not privileged. — Information that is communicated to a physician in an effort to obtain a controlled dangerous substance in violation of this section is not a privileged communication.
(1) …. a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 4 years or a fine not exceeding $25,000 or both.
Q: When is a person charged with CDS Obtain by Fraud in Maryland?
A: The most common charge my office sees is when an individual attempts to pass a fake prescription to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will usually check the prescription with the doctor on the pad and determine if the prescription is valid. If the prescription is fake or fraudulent, then the pharmacy will usually contact the police department. Most of the major police departments now how a prescription unit that will investigate the charges.
Q: What should I do if charged with CDS Obtain by Fraud in Maryland?
A: Contact attorney Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free no obligation consultation to discuss your criminal charges and the best course of action.