Eli Stutsman is an attorney with experience defending doctors charged with DEA prescription drug crimes. He has defended physicians, pharmacists, and prescribing nurse practitioners against charges of prescribing or dispensing without a “legitimate medical purpose” by the DEA. Attorney Eli Stutsman knows the difference between the civil standard of care and the crime of prescribing without a legitimate medical purpose, which is more accurately described as “drug diversion,” “unlawful prescribing,” or “unlawful dispensing.”
Avoid this mistake when applying the “legitimate medical purpose” standard to your medical practice
Do not allow the civil standard of care to be confused, substituted, or conflated with the criminal conviction standard. This mistake is committed by DEA attorneys and drug diversion investigators agents alike, and it is rooted in a misunderstanding the phrase, “legitimate medical purpose.” This mistake leads to more counts of conviction and longer sentences. An attorney experienced defending doctors and pharmacists against DEA prescription drug crimes will know the difference. This issue is discussed in much more detail elsewhere on this website.
An attorney with experience gained across the country
Against the DEA, attorney Eli Stutsman has directly defended or advised doctors threatened, charged, and or convicted of prescription drug crimes (i.e., drug diversion, or prescribing without a legitimate medical purpose), in over a dozen states, in the Third, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. He represented the physicians in two lead cases that may very well have a favorable impact in your case:
- Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243, 126 S. Ct. 904, 163 L. Ed. 2d 748 (2006); and
- US v. Chube II, 538 F3d 693 (7th Cir. 2008).
An array of legal services offered to you
If you are under investigation by the DEA, attorney Eli Stutsman can assist you in a consulting capacity, providing subject matter expertise before, during, and after plea negotiations or trial. If your case has been lost, or if you expect it soon will be, Eli Stutsman can assist with sentencing, bail motions, and he offers a full array of appellate services in the federal appellate courts.
Call to learn more
If you need an attorney with experience defending doctors and pharmacists against prescription drug charges, including drug diversion, unlawful prescribing or unlawful dispensing, or what is called “prescribing or dispensing without a legitimate medical purpose” by the DEA, attorney Eli Stutsman may be able to help. To learn more about his practice, call 503.274.4048.