Morris County NJ Percocet Possession and Distribution Lawyers
Prescription Drug Charges Defense Attorneys with Offices in Morristown, NJ
Percocet is a slightly milder version of Oxycodon and OxyContin. “Percs” are considered a gateway drug because people addicted to “Percs” often turn to heroin as a cheaper more readily available “high” when they cannot afford the pills anymore. As a result, NJ prosecutors often 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. Travis J. Tormey, the firm’s founding partner, has extensive experience representing clients charged with drug offenses, including Percocet Possession, Cocaine Possession and Distribution, and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle. A person charged with Possession of Percocet could face serious jail time, heavy fines, and lengthy suspension of your driving privileges.
The Tormey Law Firm has obtained many positive results for clients facing drug charges in Morris County NJ. We are available at 866-949-6948, or you can use the online contact form.
Percocet Charges in New Jersey
Percocet is prescription drug that contains a narcotic pain reliever, Oxycodone, and a non-narcotic pain reliever (“Acetaminophen” commonly known as “Tylenol”). Classified as a narcotic, Oxycodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain while the “Acetaminophen” reduces fever.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to carry prescription drugs and certain medications without holding a valid prescription. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possession and/or distribution of Percocet is prohibited unless carried out by a licensed physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. As set forth by the Controlled Substance Act, Percocet is 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 Percocet vary, depending on the number of pills that are seized.
Second Degree Felony: Percocet Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
The most serious charge is second degree intent to distribute Percocet. This is typically the charge if the offender possesses 100 or more Percocet pills. If convicted of this charge, you could be looking at five (5) to 10 years in NJ State Prison and a $300,000 fine.
Third Degree Felony: Percocet Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
In New Jersey, possession of between five (5) and 99 Percocet pills without a valid prescription is considered a third degree crime. If you are convicted of third degree possession of Percocet, you could face a sentence of between three (3) and five (5) years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000.
Fourth Degree Felony: Percocet Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
If you possess four (4) or fewer Percocet pills, it can be classified as a fourth degree felony. This charge is punishable by up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Percocet Possession
According to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-24, possession of four (4) or fewer pills is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. This essentially means that if you are caught with a Percocet pill outside the bottle in which it was dispensed, you could be charged with disorderly persons possession of Percocet. Moreover, simply being under the influence of Percocet without a valid prescription can be classified as a disorderly persons offense. If convicted, you could be looking at up to six (6) months in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Failure to Turn Over Percocet to a Police Officer
A related charge is failure to turn over Percocet to a law enforcement officer. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(c), this is a disorderly persons offense. Many times, this will be a downgraded charge that prosecutors strategically deploy in Percocet cases. If convicted, you could 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 Jefferson Twp. NJ Percocet Charges Lawyer for a Free Consultation
There are defenses available to a Percocet charge. Our drug defense lawyers will examine the circumstances of your arrest and the police search. If the search was conducted illegally, then the entire case against you could be thrown out. Additionally, if you’ve been arrested on Percocet charges, you may be eligible for a diversionary program such as the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program or the conditional discharge program, depending on your prior record and the degree of your charges.
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 to assist you immediately, or you can use the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.