A person who is required by the Missouri Narcotic Drug Act to register with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in order to distribute a controlled substance, and who knowingly distributes a controlled substance in an unauthorized manner may be charged with a class A misdemeanor.
Additionally, if a registrant fails to maintain proper records in accordance with federal law and regulations established by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services may also be charged with a class A misdemeanor. Sloppy paperwork can lead to charges. It is important for registered distributors to establish and put into practice a policy for maintaining a clear record of transactions, as well as inventory.
Licensed professionals who issue controlled substances in the regular course of their business, such as physicians and dentists, risk losing their livelihoods if they are found to have violated the drug laws or rules and regulations of Missouri, the federal government or any other state.
Prompt and immediate action is required for anyone subject to the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. Contact an attorney before charges are filed.
In Missouri the penalties for distribution of a controlled substance in violation of registration requirements are:
- A class A misdemeanor criminal record if you knowingly refuse or fail to make, keep or furnish any record, notification, order form, statement, invoice or information required under Missouri's Narcotic Drug Act.
- A jail sentence of up to 1 year.
- A fine of up to $2,000.
- A combination of both a jail sentence and a fine.
- Probation for up to 2 years, either Supervised or Unsupervised.
- Costs for probation.
- Court Costs.
- Random Drug Testing and the Costs.
- Community Service.
- Loss of professional license and/or discipline by the Mo. State Board of Reg. for the Healing Arts.
The Time to Act is Now
If you are required to register under Chapter 195 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri and you have been arrested or are being investigated for actions related to the controlled substances in your possession, then you must act now! Do not wait time. Contact Anthony Bretz today to learn how he can help you avoid a conviction and keep your license to practice medicine safe.