The drug crisis plaguing Kentucky and the nation is unquestionably a health crisis that needs to be handled. Too many people are dying needlessly. While the laws are there to penalize the guilty, they are also there to protect the innocent. Anyone charged with drug crimes is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

A recent case involves a man from Clarksville who is a doctor and also serves as a pastor. The doctor was arrested and charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises. He faces 22 counts of improper distribution of a controlled substance. The doctor allegedly prescribed oxycodone, a powerful opioid, to patients without examining them first.

The doctor also faces charges of Medicare fraud and money laundering. He allegedly inflated reimbursement claims, submitted false claims and submitted claims for prescriptions that were said to have been filled illegally. An additional charge alleges that he illegally diverted Medicare proceeds for personal gain.

A person facing charges for drug crimes in Kentucky is entitled to legal representation and can benefit from a full understanding of his or her rights under the law. Facing such charges can be scary and daunting. A knowledgeable attorney can be of assistance in ensuring that one is fully aware of his or her legal rights in preparation for trial. Being aware of one’s rights may aid in the preparation of a vigorous defense. The onus is on the prosecution to prove their case in court and beyond a reasonable doubt.