Morris County NJ Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer
Drug Crime Defense Attorneys with Offices in Morristown, New Jersey
Prescription drug abuse is becoming more and more common in New Jersey. As a result, NJ prosecutors are coming down hard on violators. Prescription drug crime convictions in New Jersey can have serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and suspension of your driving privileges.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug-related offense in New Jersey, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for help. The Tormey Law Firm is a criminal defense team which defends people facing criminal and drunk driving (DWI) charges. Attorneys here have extensive experience representing clients charged with drug-related offenses, including possession of marijuana, prescription fraud, and possession of drug paraphernalia in Madison, Roxbury, Rockaway, Denville, and Dover.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any of the Prescription Drug Offenses listed below, contact the Tormey Law Firm at 866-949-6948 for a free consultation, or you can use the online contact form. A member of our criminal defense team will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with an honest assessment of your case.
Prescription Drug Charges in New Jersey
In New Jersey, it is illegal to carry prescription drugs and certain medications unless a valid prescription is held. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possession and/or distribution of prescription drugs is prohibited unless it is carried out by a licensed physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. Specifically, the statute makes it a disorderly persons offense to knowingly possess, either actually or constructively, any prescription drug in an amount of four (4) or fewer dosage units, unless lawfully prescribed or administered by a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe medicine. If a defendant is convicted of possession of prescription drugs, he can be sentenced to up to six (6) months in county jail.
If a defendant is found in possession of that same small amount and is considered to have an intent to distribute those prescription drugs, it will be graded as a fourth degree criminal offense in New Jersey. This can subject an offender to a sentence of 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
If a defendant has a higher quantity of at least five (5) but fewer than 100 units and an intent to distribute, the charge will be a third degree offense. A conviction for third degree distribution of prescription drugs can result in a sentence of five (5) years in NJ state Prison and a fine upwards of $200,000.
An amount of 100 prescription pills or more with the requisite intent to distribute will be considered a second degree offense. A conviction can lead to a sentence of 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $300,000.00.
What are Considered Prescription Drugs in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, prescription drug charges apply to certain prescription medications, including:
Am I Allowed to Keep My Prescription Pills Outside the Original Pill Bottle?
No. Under N.J.S.A. § 2C:35-24, you cannot have any controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in anything other than the original container, unless you have no more than a 10-day supply and, upon request of a police officer, present the name and address of the licensed practitioner who prescribed the substance or the pharmacist that provided it. A violation of this statute is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, which results in a permanent criminal charge on your record, a fine of up to $1,000, and a sentence of up to six (6) months in the county jail if convicted.
Contact a Madison NJ Prescription Drugs Lawyer for a Free Consultation
You may be eligible for the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program or the conditional discharge program in New Jersey, depending on your prior record and the degree of your charges. The skilled drug crime defense lawyers know how to get you admitted in alternative sentencing program and keep you out of prison for your prescription drug offense.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a prescription drugs offense in New Jersey, contact the Tormey Law Firm at 866-949-6948 for a free consultation about your case, or you can use the online contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation. A member of our criminal defense team will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with an honest assessment of your case.