Let's Change The Outcome

Doctor at the center of prescription drug case is going to prison

Medical providers in South Carolina and elsewhere try to do what they believe is best for their patients. In doing so, though, they sometimes cross lines that can have criminal consequences. If convicted, those consequences can be severe.

Recently, a doctor in a nearby state received a prison sentence for the illegal distribution of prescription drugs to his patients. While his punishment seems harsh, it could have been far worse.


The doctor — a 48-year-old male — once practiced at the Neurology & Pain Center, PLLC, in Charleston, W. Va. According to a recently published report, his alleged crime was distributing various drugs to patients throughout his career without documenting any medical need for them. He was initially detained and charged for illegal distribution in July 2018. He has been in jail ever since.

Court cases

His case first went to trial in May 2019, but the court ultimately declared a mistrial because of a hung jury. A month later, a new indictment that included 43 charges was issued. Rather than going through another trial, in August 2019, the accused accepted a plea deal in which he agreed to:

  • Plead guilty to one count of illegal drug distribution.
  • Permanently surrender his medical license.
  • Permanently surrender his DEA registration.
  • Spend time in prison.
  • Endure three years of supervised release post-prison sentence.
  • Forfeit his car and a large sum of money.

Had his case gone to trial and he lost on all counts, he would have received a considerably longer prison sentence, among other penalties.

Lessons from this case

First, prescription drug crimes are serious, not only at the state level but at the federal level as well. Second, charges are the result of allegations, not proof of guilt. Being charged with an offense does not mean prosecuting attorneys will be able to convince a jury of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction. Third, seeking a plea deal makes sense in certain cases.

Don’t fight alone

It is highly unlikely that the doctor in this case took on the criminal court system on his own. He likely turned to a criminal defense attorney who has experience tackling federal cases to help him achieve the best possible outcome. Medical professionals in South Carolina who find themselves facing criminal charges for any type of healthcare-related crime can do the same.


Recent Posts

How can a DUI conviction impact my commercial driver’s license?

On Behalf of Ryan Beasley Law | Apr 8, 2022 | Drunk Driving | Commercial vehicles are a common sight on the South Carolina roads. Trucks go to, from and through the state delivering and carting items that are vital to everyday life. This can include food, materials,...

What defenses are there for domestic violence charges?

Every relationship has times when you and your partner will disagree. An argument can feel very after both parties have had a chance to cool off than it does while it is happening. In some cases, a disagreement can get out of hand or misinterpreted, leaving both...

How a DUI can threaten your college education

College is an exciting time for young adults. Newfound independence often comes with having to make important decisions on your own, including whether to drink and drive. Unfortunately, millions of college students choose to drive while intoxicated. While you may be...

Bill could lead to harsher penalties after drug overdoses

In South Carolina and across the United States, opioids are garnering significant attention. This is understandable given the number of people who are having problems with these types of drugs. Specifically, fentanyl is drawing scrutiny from state and federal law...

Do you know the importance of jury selection in your case?

There’s a lot to consider when building your criminal defense. While you may want to work with prosecutors early on to try to mitigate the fallout from your case, and you certainly want to gather evidence that contradicts the prosecution’s case, you can’t neglect the...

Do You Need Legal Advice? Don’t Wait.

Get Help Now


Visit Our VIDEO CENTER To Find Out More