Morris County NJ Possession and Distribution of Valium Lawyers
Prescription Drug Crime Defense Attorneys with Offices in Morristown, New Jersey
On the street, Valium is commonly referred to as “Vs” or “benzos,” and is known for its sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, amnesic, and anticonvulsant properties. It is commonly prescribed for anxiety disorders and panic disorders; it is also used frequently in the treatment of alcoholism. Around roughly 20mg of diazepam produces intoxication and euphoria, however higher dosages may cause death through respiratory or cardiac arrest. NJ prosecutors understand the prevalence of Valium as a recreational drug and will zealously prosecute the Possession and Distribution of Valium.
The Tormey Law Firm has an active New Jersey Municipal Prosecutor on staff, who was once a Morris County Prosecutor, and former Special Deputy Attorney General. Our trial team has extensive experience with dealing with over zealous New Jersey Prosecutors. We understand what strategies can be utilized to obtain the best possible result and will do everything we can to help you understand the New Jersey justice system. In the past, we have handled a wide range of drug crime charges, including marijuana possession, prescription drug offenses, and heroin possession throughout New Jersey, including in Dover, Roxbury, and Madison.
Drug crime convictions in New Jersey have serious consequences. If you or a loved one is facing charges in Morris County, do not wait to contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation. At the Tormey Law Firm, we pride ourselves on being available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer any and all questions you have regarding your New Jersey drug crime case.
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.
New Jersey Valium Charges
Valium or Diazepam is a member of a group of medications that belong to a group known as benzodiazepines which are depressants or “downers.” It was designed as a “simpler” (and more potent) version of its predecessor chlordiazepoxide.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to carry prescription drugs and certain medications unless you hold a valid prescription. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possession and/or distribution of Valium is prohibited unless carried out by a licensed physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. As set forth by the Controlled Substance Act, Valium is a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Schedule IV drugs have an accepted medical use but can lead to physical and psychological dependence. The penalties for possession or distribution of Valium vary, depending on the number of pills that are seized.
Second Degree: Valium Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
The most serious charge is second degree intent to distribute Valium. This charge may be brought if the offender possesses 100 or more pills and does so for financial gain. If convicted of this charge, you could be looking at five (5) to ten 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of incarceration. Additionally, a conviction could result in a $300,000 fine.
Third Degree: Valium Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
In New Jersey, possession of between five (5) and 99 Valium pills without a valid prescription is a third degree crime. If you are convicted of third degree possession of Valium, 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: Valium Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
If you possess four (4) or fewer Valium pills, it is a fourth degree felony. This is punishable by up to 18 months in state prison.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Valium Possession
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-24, possession of four (4) or fewer pills is a disorderly persons offense. 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 Valium. Moreover, just being under the influence of Valium in public without a valid prescription can be a disorderly persons offense. If convicted of this charge, you face up to six (6) months in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Failure to Turn Over Valium to a Police Officer
Another related charge is failure to turn over Valium 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. Many times, this will be a downgraded charge that prosecutors use in a Valium case. If convicted of this charge, 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 Mendham NJ Valium Charges Defense Lawyers Today
Being arrested is a scary and frustrating experience. Once released by police, there is more at stake than jail time; your career, immigration visa status, family, friends, and reputation may all hang in the balance.
How can you get your NJ drug charges dismissed? 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. The Tormey Law Firm has obtained many positive results for clients charged with drug offenses in Morris County, New Jersey. We are available at 866-949-6948 to assist you immediately, or you can use the online contact form.