Morris County NJ Possession and Distribution of OxyContin Lawyers
Prescription Drug Charges Attorneys with Offices in Morristown, New Jersey
Many times, a person will be legally prescribed “Oxy” following surgery, only to find themselves addicted to the drug after the prescription has been exhausted. “Oxy” is an incredibly popular “recreational drug” in New Jersey. It can even be a gateway drug, leading to abuse of other drugs. Often, people addicted to “Oxy” turn to heroin as a cheaper more readily available high when the “Oxy” market drys up in a area. As a result, NJ prosecutors seek to impose the maximum punishments in OxyContin cases.
The criminal defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm have successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court and Municipal Court. One of the firm’s partners, Alissa D. Hascup, is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor, former Special Deputy Attorney General, and active Municipal Prosecutor who handled a variety of serious drug-related cases during the course of her distinguished career. She knows what it takes for the State to prove a Prescription Drug case beyond a reasonable doubt – and she will use that knowledge to defend, and potentially beat, the charges filed against you. Travis J. Tormey, the firm’s founding partner, has extensive experience representing clients charged with Drug offenses, including Possession of OxyContin, Possession of Synthetic Marijuana, and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle.
The Tormey Law Firm has obtained positive results for countless clients charged with drug offenses in Morris County NJ. We are available at 866-949-6948, or you can use the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
OxyContin Charges in New Jersey
OxyContin known as “Oxy,” “OC,” or “Oxycotton,” is an opioid analgesic supplied in 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, and 80 mg tablets for oral administration. The active ingredient of OxyContin is oxycodone hydrochloride, which is a pain reliever derived from opium and similar to morphine. OxyContin is simply a time-release version of oxycodone, while Roxycontin is not time-released, meaning that it acts almost immediately. Most basic drug urine tests that test for “opiates” detect morphine, which is the root of heroin, codeine, and OxyContin.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to carry prescription drugs and certain medications unless you are in possession of a valid prescription. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possession and/or distribution of OxyContin is prohibited unless carried out by a licensed physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. The Controlled Substance Act classifies OxyContin as a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Schedule II drugs have an accepted medical use but a high potential for abuse that can lead to physical and psychological dependence. The penalties for possession or distribution of OxyContin vary, depending on the number of pills that are seized.
Second Degree: OxyContin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
If caught with 100 or more OxyContin pills, a person can be charged with second degree intent to distribute OxyContin. If convicted of this charge, you could be looking at five (5) to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of incarceration. Additionally, a conviction can result in a $300,000 fine.
Third Degree: OxyContin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
In New Jersey, possession of between five (5) and 99 OxyContin pills without a valid prescription is classified as a third degree crime. If convicted of third degree possession of OxyContin, you could be looking at a sentence of between three (3) and five (5) years in NJ State Prison and a fine of up to $200,000.
Fourth Degree: OxyContin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
If you possess four (4) or fewer OxyContin pills, it can be classified as a fourth degree felony. This is punishable by up to 18 months in state prison.
Disorderly Persons Offense: OxyContin Possession
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-24, possession of four (4) or fewer OxyContin pills may also be classified as a disorderly persons offense. This means that if you are caught with a pill outside the bottle or container in which it was dispensed, you could be charged with disorderly persons possession of OxyContin. Even being under the influence of OxyContin in public without a valid prescription can be a disorderly persons offense. If convicted, you may be sentenced to six (6) months in the county jail and hit with a fine of up to $1,000.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Failure to Turn Over OxyContin to a Police Officer
Another related charge is failure to turn over OxyContin to a law enforcement officer. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(c), failing to turn over drugs to police is a disorderly persons offense. Often, this will be a downgraded charge that prosecutors use in an OxyContin case. If convicted, you could still face up to six (6) months in the county jail, a $1,000 fine, and suspension of your driver’s license for at least six (6) months.
Contact a Montville NJ OxyContin Charges Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you are facing charges for Possessing, Possessing With the Intent to Distribute, or Distribution of OxyContin, there can be serious consequences. If convicted, you could face serious jail time, heavy fines, and lengthy suspension of your driving privileges. We have represented countless clients charged with OxyContin possession and intent to distribute OxyContin, so we have the advanced defense strategies needed to secure a win in your drug case. Do not delay in hiring legal representation. Protect your freedom and your rights.
The criminal defense team at the Tormey Law Firm is available anytime to discuss your case. Contact us now toll-free at 866-949-6948, or you can use the online contact form.