Morris County NJ Roxycontin Possession and Distribution Lawyers
Prescription Drug Defense Attorneys with Offices in Morristown, New Jersey
Roxycontin is also known as “Roxicodone,” “Roxicontin,” “Roxies,” “Roxy,” and “Roxycodone.” Like OxyContin, Roxycontin is a pain-relief medication that is typically prescribed for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pain. Both drugs have the same main ingredient: oxycodone, which is a pain reliever derived from opium and similar to morphine. Unlike OxyContin, Roxycontin is not time-released, meaning that it acts almost immediately. As a result, Roxycontin is an extremely popular “recreational drug” in New Jersey. Because of the high level of abuse of Roxycontin, NJ prosecutors often seek to impose the maximum allowable punishments in Roxycontin cases.
The Tormey Law Firm has successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court and Municipal Court. Specifically, we have extensive experience handling drug crime charges, including Roxycontin possession, prescription fraud, and morphine possession in Dover, Madison, and Roxbury. The firm’s managing partner, Travis J. Tormey, has been cited as a legal authority in various areas by AOL, the Asbury Park Press, and the Bergen Record.
Our former Morris County Prosecutor and criminal defense attorneys possess the tools to defend you or your loved one. Give us a call anytime 24/7 at 866-949-6948 for a telephone consultation, or you can use the online contact form to schedule a free 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.
Roxycontin Charges in New Jersey
In New Jersey, it’s illegal to carry prescription drugs and certain medications unless you already hold a valid prescription. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possession and/or distribution of Roxycontin is prohibited unless carried out by a licensed physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. As set forth by the Controlled Substance Act, Roxycontin 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 Roxycontin vary, depending on the number of pills that are seized.
Second Degree: Roxycontin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
The most serious charge is second degree intent to distribute Roxycontin. This is the charge if the offender possesses 100 or more pills and does so for financial gain. If convicted, you could be sentenced to five (5) to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of incarceration. Additionally, a conviction could result in a $300,000 fine.
Third Degree: Roxycontin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
In New Jersey, possession of between five (5) and 99 Roxycontin pills without a valid prescription is classified as a third degree crime. If convicted of third degree possession of Roxycontin, 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: Roxycontin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
If you possess four (4) or fewer Roxycontin pills, it is classified as a fourth degree felony. This is punishable by up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Roxycontin Possession
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-24, possession of four (4) or fewer Roxycontin pills is a disorderly persons offense. This essentially 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 Roxycontin. Moreover, just being under the influence of Roxycontin in public without a valid prescription can be a disorderly persons offense. If convicted of this charge, 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 Roxycontin to a Police Officer
Another related charge is failure to turn over Roxycontin 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, NJ prosecutors will bring this as a downgraded charge in a Roxycontin 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 Dover NJ Roxycontin Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Our drug defense lawyers are prepared to examine the circumstances of your arrest and undermine the validity of the search. If the search was conducted illegally, then the entire case against you may be thrown out. Additionally, if you’ve been arrested on Roxycontin charges, you might 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.
Drug crime convictions in New Jersey can have serious consequences, including jail time, fines, and suspension of your driving privileges. We have successfully represented countless clients charged with Roxycontin possession and intent to distribute Roxycontin. If you face prescription drug charges in New Jersey, give us a call anytime 24/7 at 866-949-6948, 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.