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Illegal Prescription Drug Lawyer

Federal law imposes a strict regulatory scheme on the manufacturing, distribution, selling, trafficking, and purchase of prescription drugs. Because of the dramatic increase in popularity of prescription drugs like steroids, painkillers, Viagra, and human growth hormone (HGH), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have cracked down on crimes involving prescription medications. While many people think of prescription drug crimes as involving prescription fraud to obtain possession of Vicodin, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percocet, Xanax, Hydrocodone, Methadone, and similar drugs, federal law enforcement agencies typically focus on larger cases involving drug trafficking.

Why Do You Need Greco Neyland, PC When Facing Prescription Drug Charges in Federal Court?

New York City is a hub of illegal drug activity, with prescription drugs and other illegal narcotics being imported into the state and across international boundaries. Federal law enforcement agencies aggressively investigate and prosecute drug trafficking and other drug offenses in the New Your City area. At Greco Neyland, PC, our experience in defending cases in the federal courts of New York and other states has equipped us with the ability to anticipate the Assistant United States Attorney’s prosecutorial tactics and strategies, so we can prepare an aggressive defense to overcome federal prescription drug charges. Whether we are retained when an investigation is ongoing or once a defendant faces formal charges, we have the knowledge, skill, and experience to challenge the government’s case against our client.

Our prescription drug crime defense lawyers recognize the unique issues involving prescription drug offenses in Federal Court. The majority of federal drug crimes rely on the use of informants (“snitches”) and conspiracy allegations. Federal prosecutors use drug conspiracy charges because they can target a significant number of people, even if some have very minimal involvement in the alleged federal drug conspiracy. This can result in those with nominal or tenuous involvement in a trafficking network facing decades in prison because of the mandatory minimum sentence under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Federal Agents Targeting Pill Mills – Protecting Your Professional License, Freedom, and Reputation

Federal law enforcement agencies increasingly target professionals, including doctors, pharmacists, and others as the prevalence of prescription drug abuse has exploded. Approximately 52 million people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes during their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Approximately 6.1 million people use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes each month, with the most prominently abused drugs being painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulants. The fact that so many people from all types of socio-economic backgrounds abuse prescription drugs has prompted federal agents and federal prosecutors to become extremely aggressive about prosecuting cases aimed at shutting down the unlawful market for prescription pills.

Doctors and other health care professionals can face federal charges for writing fraudulent prescriptions or taking medications from a hospital for personal use or distribution under Title 21. If the quantity of drugs involved is significant, you can face federal charges that carry a mandatory minimum sentence and the loss of your professional license. Conviction of a federal charge involving prescription medications also may result in lengthy prison sentences under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, as well as the seizure of assets allegedly purchased with the proceeds of prescription drug criminal activities.

So-called pill mills often come under federal jurisdiction when the pills they distribute or sell cross state lines or U.S. borders. Individuals who purchase the drugs may also come from other states or countries, which also will expose health care professionals to federal charges.

The focus of federal law enforcement agencies on combating the prescription drug epidemic often leads overzealous federal agents and Assistant United States Attorneys to assert allegations of running a pill mill against legitimate physicians and health care professionals, with or without formal charges. Many times, federal agents will attempt to extract information from professionals without having solid evidence of wrongdoing. Sometimes federal agents bungle investigations, violate Fourth Amendment search and seizure rules, or infringe upon the due process rights of innocent professionals. At Greco Neyland, PC, we are prepared to expose these violations and mistakes when defending our clients.

Greco Neyland, PC – Federal Prescription Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers

If you are a suspect in, or target, of a federal law enforcement investigation or you have been charged with a federal prescription drug offense, our criminal defense attorneys at Greco Neyland, PC are prepared to challenge the case against you. For your convenience, our offices are located close to the Southern District Federal Courthouse and the Eastern District Federal Courthouse. Please call us today at (914) 358-9146, or click here, to schedule your free consultation, so we can begin defending your rights as soon as possible.


When corrupt law enforcement officers or overzealous prosecutors focus the unlimited resources of the government on depriving you of your freedom and damaging your reputation, you need White Plains criminal defense lawyers who have a pugilistic attitude. At Greco Neyland PC, we are not interested in “going along to get along” with the prosecutor. We are trial attorneys with the insider knowledge of former assistant district attorneys. We know that individuals charged with drug crimes, sex offenses, domestic violence and other offenses do not need a defense attorney who is simply going to accept the first offer extended by the prosecutor.


Our White Plains criminal defense lawyers tenaciously challenge police procedure in pre-trial hearings. We routinely conduct extensive investigations, so we can gather exculpatory facts and identify inappropriate and illegal law enforcement conduct. Our White Plains criminal defense attorneys use this information to seek the exclusion of evidence or to effectively cross-examine police officers and other prosecution witnesses. If our clients retain Greco Neyland PC during the pre-charge stage of a criminal case, we begin fighting for their future by exposing weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and asserting our client’s constitutional rights to limit the scope of the investigation. Our early intervention can prevent charges from being filed or result in less serious or fewer criminal charges.

When you face the criminal justice system without an experienced criminal defense attorney who is ready to go to war for clients, you risk the prospect of a highly winnable case being pled out. You need White Plains criminal defense attorneys prepared to scorch the earth litigating on your behalf in light of the serious consequences of a criminal conviction. Some of these penalties may include jail or state prison time, huge fines and other costs, a record of conviction, loss of driving privileges, registration as a sex offender, forfeiture of constitutional rights, restraining orders, mandatory counseling and/or education programs and probation.

As if these forms of punishment are not enough, a criminal conviction typically snowballs so that it adversely impacts many aspects of your life even after you have fully served the terms of your sentence, parole or probation. Some of the ways that a criminal conviction might affect you include:

  • Disqualification from professional licensing (i.e. doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc.)
  • Adverse impact in divorce or child custody cases
  • Negative responses by future landlords
  • Potential immigration consequences including removal and ban on re-entry
  • Limitations on career advancement
  • Discipline by academic institutions that might include suspension, denial of admission or expulsion
  • Ineligibility for certain jobs requiring a state license
  • Damage to your relationship with your significant other and your kids


Whether you consider only formal sentencing terms or other long-term consequences, you do not want a White Plains criminal defense attorney who will be deterred when a prosecutor claims that your case is not winnable. Our criminal defense attorneys have built our reputation on winning just this type of case at trial by closely scrutinizing physical evidence, witness statements, forensic testing, expert reports, police procedures and essentially every other aspect of a case from the initial contact with law enforcement through trial. At the end of the day, trial experience is the number one factor that will help you. Having an attorney who has tried cases like yours before a jury for years and years, is going to give you the edge you need.

Our White Plains criminal defense attorneys carefully review all evidence and law enforcement reports along with utilizing our own investigators and experts to construct a compelling defense for our clients. While the defenses we use will be tailored specifically to your case based on factors like the nature of the charges, facts, evidence and police procedures, some defenses that we might successfully employ can include:

  • Challenging the legal sufficiency of the evidence for a stop, search or arrest
  • Seeking exclusion of evidence obtained in an unlawful search
  • Aggressively cross-examining law enforcement officers and other witnesses
  • Demonstrating that the accused does not have the specific intent (mental state) to commit the offense
  • Self-defense or defense of others
  • Alibi
  • Exposing motivations for complaining witnesses to lie or distort the facts
  • Reviewing law enforcement records to identify officer misconduct or bias
  • Attacking chemical testing of blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • Failure to prove the chain of custody (i.e. uninterrupted transfer of physical evidence like drugs)
  • Arguing the prosecution has failed to prove every element of a criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt
  • Establishing consent by the complaining witness
  • Impugning the reliability of field sobriety testing
  • Exposing lab contamination and improper procedures
  • Using experts in ballistics, DNA analysis, accident reconstruction and other areas of specialized knowledge


While this list represents only a small sampling of the defenses that we may successfully use to protect our clients’ freedom and reputation, the point is that we consistently develop potential trial strategies rather than merely posture about trial while waiting for an offer from the prosecutor. Because our White Plains criminal defense lawyers have earned a reputation for taking cases to trial, prosecutors recognize that our pugilistic nature means that we are not looking to settle a case on the eve of trial. We are prepared to defend our clients’ rights, liberty, reputation and future. This is not to say we never entertain the possibility of a favorable plea agreement, but we consider such offers on our clients’ terms based on preparation of an effective criminal defense strategy at trial.

When you are facing the enormous litigation resources of the state, prosecutors who may be politically motivated and police officers willing to violate your constitutional rights, you need a criminal defense attorney ready to engage in battle rather than pander for an amicable agreement with the prosecutor. Whether you are falsely accused or got caught up in regrettable circumstances, our criminal defense attorneys are here to be your advocates – not to judge you.

At Greco Neyland PC, our White Plains criminal defense lawyers represent clients facing the full spectrum of criminal offenses from misdemeanor charges like DWAI and prostitution to serious felonies like drug trafficking and murder in White Plains and the surrounding areas of New York City.

Our White Plains criminal defense lawyers at Greco Neyland PC have the experience and commitment to defend you against the full range of criminal charges, including but not limited to the following: