Florida Statute 893.13(7)(a)(8) prohibits a patient from doctor shopping in order to obtain a controlled substance from a doctor.
The law requires that if the patient received a prescription for the same drug within the last 30 days they must inform the doctor of that.
This is a new area of the law and there may be many legal challenges based on a patient’s privacy interests.
Currently law-enforcement has the ability without a warrant to view patient information regarding the filling of prescriptions. Currently doctors are obligated to go against the patient-physician rule of confidentiality and report patients who they believe came to their office to engage in doctor shopping.
Get the Law on Your Side
Contact Ray Lopez for an evaluation of your Doctor Shopping charge. Mr. Lopez will critically analyze the State’s evidence to be certain that the State can prove that you were purposely withholding information about prescription drugs from your doctor. Mr. Lopez will make certain that your patient confidentiality rights were not violated. Mr. Lopez, if necessary, will have you evaluated not by the court system but by a reputed drug counselor who can recommend treatment which make keep you out of prison or jail.
Ray Lopez is a Former State Prosecutor & Tampa Police Department Lawyer
As a former State Prosecutor and Tampa Police Department lawyer Ray Lopez is uniquely qualified to protect your constitutional rights and fight for your freedom. Drug charges can carry minimum mandatory prison sentences depending on the amount involved.
It is important that you select an attorney who understands the way the police think.
The police often violate your constitutional right as a citizen of the United States to be free from unreasonable searches and seizure. The police often trample on your 4th Amendment search and seizure rights in order to find what they think you have – drugs. Do not let the police violate the constitution while you face prison and a criminal conviction. Ray Lopez will obtain witness statements to ensure that your rights were not violated. Ray Lopez will challenge the credibility of police informants. Ray Lopez will file pre-trial motions if merited in order to obtain a dismissal of the charges if the police violated your rights.
A Federal Court in Florida has declared the Florida Drug Statute unconstitutional. Your drug case may be subject to being dismissed or overturned.
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