Camden County NJ Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer
Drug Crimes Defense Attorney in Southern New Jersey
It is widely accepted that the United States is a medicated society. We take medications to treat physical and mental conditions, heal ailments, fight infections, manage symptoms, and treat pain. One of the most devastating side effects of our reliance of prescription medications has been the exponential increase in prescription drug abuse among Americas of all ages. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, tens of millions of Americans use prescription medications for non-medical reasons every year. Over half of those abusing prescription drugs obtained them from a friend or relative, while over 17% were prescribed them. To combat the prevalence of prescription drug abuse and the illegal distribution of these drugs, New Jersey has enacted a host of laws which prohibit the unlawful possession and distribution of these drugs, as well as associated crimes such as prescription forgery or obtaining prescription drugs by fraud. When you are charged with a prescription drug crime, you face severe penalties, including hefty fines and time in prison. To protect yourself, it is highly advisable to have an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney on your side.
William Fay is a skilled criminal defense lawyer with years of experience representing clients charged with drug crimes and other criminal offenses in Southern New Jersey. Mr. Fay has employed an arsenal of knowledge and resources to deliver the best possible outcomes to clients in Camden County. When you enlist Mr. Fay, you have an aggressive defender who will fight tirelessly on your behalf. For additional information and to discuss your case with Mr. Fay today, contact his offices at 609-832-3202 for a cost-free consultation. You can also read reviews from some of his former clients by accessing his profile on Avvo.com.
Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer in Cherry Hill NJ
Possession and Distribution of Prescription Drugs
New Jersey law outlines offenses involving the possession, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs in section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. Under this statute, offenses are classified according to the amount of units or pills involved, as well as the alleged intent (possession for personal use vs. possession with intent to distribute or distribution) of the defendant. The grading of prescription drug possession and distribution charges is as follows:
- Possession of 4 or fewer units or pills is a disorderly persons offense. Penalties include a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Possession of 5 or more units or pills is a fourth degree crime. Penalties include a sentence to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Distribution or possession with intent to distribute 4 or fewer units or pills is a fourth degree crime. Penalties include a sentence to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Distribution or possession with intent to distribute at least 5 but less than 100 units or pills is a third degree crime. Penalties include a sentence to serve between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
- Distribution or possession with intent to distribute 100 or more units or pills is a second degree crime. Penalties include a sentence to serve between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $300,000.
Prescription Forgery or Obtaining Prescription Drugs by Fraud
In New Jersey, if you forge a prescription or obtain prescription drugs by any form of fraud, misrepresentation, deception, or subterfuge, you can be charged with a third degree crime in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:25-13. These charges leave you are exposed to a 3 to 5-year term of incarceration, as well as a 6-month period of driver’s license suspension, and a fine of up to $50,000.
Contact a Winslow NJ Prescription Drug Charges Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been charged with a prescription drug crime in Camden County or elsewhere in South Jersey, time is limited to begin building your best defense strategy. Contact our firm at 609-832-3202 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.