Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer and look for your old prescription or contact the pharmacy or prior doctor to get a copy of the prescription.
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They normally reduce these charges for 1st offenders. Ultimately, community service and fines may total $500.
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It is a class A misdemeanor so if you have no priors a good lawyer whould be able to get you something that will not leave you with a criminal record. I suggest you hire a good criminal defense lawyer.
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I agree with my collegues. Obtaining the prescription is a good idea and will be helpful. The charges are serious enough that you should hire an experienced attorney in the general area of the Court. That being said and givent he circumstances that you have presented, the outcome of the case should be favorable.
Be more concerned about your driver's license if convicted of a drug related crime (mandatory suspension absent compelling reasons) and discuss this with your attorney, even if you are youthful offender eligible.