Anabolic steroids are Class III controlled substances regulated by the federal government. Medical use of steroids is allowed by law, and steroids have many legitimate uses. But the improper use of steroids and the potential for physical harm has created immense public debate and scrutiny. In recent years, high-profile cases of steroid use by athletes have brought steroid abuse issues into the public eye.
Illegal possession of steroids without a prescription can result in up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine, or both. But the real targets of federal steroid regulations are those who manufacture, distribute and dispense steroids. Criminal penalties of up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $500,000 apply to charges against individuals for the unlicensed manufacture, distribution and dispensing of steroids. Additional time applies if the user of the steroids is injured by the steroids, and if the defendant has previously been convicted of a felony drug crime criminal penalties can be as high as 20 - 30 years in jail.
Steroid charges can be complex. Often steroid charges involve investigation and prosecution across multiple jurisdictions and authorities, including the U.S. Postal Service, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Customs, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and state and local authorities. The line between legal steroids, steroid-like substances, and controlled steroids is not always clear. Cases involving importation of raw powders and other component chemicals from abroad can be particularly complex.
The early involvement of an experienced Orange County steroid attorney is essential. If you believe you are the subject of an investigation, or if you have been charged with illegal manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of steroids, a defense attorney with knowledge of both the science and the law of steroids can help. The Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera have extensive experience in representing athletes, doctors and other medical practitioners in cases involving steroids. Give us a call today at (949) 863-1663 for a confidential consultation.