Going to Court? Book Your Free First Appointment

Obtaining a Prescription by False Representations

Obtaining a prescription by false representations is an offence under section 16 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You obtained a prescription from a medical practitioner, nurse, midwife or vet, or you induced a pharmacist to dispense a forged or fraudulently altered prescription
  2. You did so by way of a false representation
  3. You knew your representation was false, and
  4. The prescription included a prohibited drug.

The false representation may be verbal, in writing or by conduct.

Alternatively, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You had actual possession of a forged or fraudulently altered prescription
  2. You knew the prescription was forged or fraudulently altered, and
  3. The prescription included a prohibited drug.

Duress and necessity are defences to the charge

What Our Clients Say SEE ALL

  • ★★★★★

    Excellent service along with getting the best possible outcome

    Thank you to Mariecar and the team at SCL. Mariecar was professional and provided excellent…

  • ★★★★★

    Hard work, preparation and dedication

    Huge thanks to Mariecar Capili, I would highly recommend her services to anyone going to…

  • ★★★★★

    We re-appealed it in the district court and got the CRO reduced

    Absolutely amazing people. Really professional. I had a non conviction with a CRO for 12…

  • ★★★★★

    Professional, reliable and great service

    Not knowing the legal system and needing lawyers before, I couldn't recommend Sydney Criminal Lawyers…

Going to Court? Call For Your Free First Appointment