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Not only can drug possession charges bring you the possibility of fines and jail time, they may also affect your professional life severely — even if the drugs in question are prescription drugs. An assistant men's tennis coach for University of Georgia experienced just this scenario recently after he turned himself in to authorities following the police charging him with felony possession of a controlled substance.

While the details of the situation are still emerging, the charges seem to stem from an investigation initiated after some members of the tennis program alerted authorities that someone was taking prescription drugs from individuals within the program. According to police reports, the police were alerted that drugs worth up $1,500 had gone missing. The son of another member of the program was also arrested on a felony count of selling controlled substances.

In many cases, we think of drug charges being confined to those who participate in illicit drugs like marijuana or cocaine, but mishandling prescription drugs can also carry substantial penalties.

Prescription drug charges often carry auxiliary charges because of how a person might obtain prescription drugs, such as in this case. Not only did the coach in question allegedly possess illegal prescription drugs, he may also face some charges for the theft of the drugs themselves.

If you face drug charges related to prescription drugs, you have some very important decisions to make in the near future about the direction your defense will take. Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney who understands how to protect your rights starting immediately.

Source: USA Today, "Felony charge filed against Georgia assistant tennis coach," Kevin Spain and A.J. Perez, July 11, 2017

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