New Jersey Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer
Prescription Drug Crime Attorney Defends Clients Facing Charges for Selling Prescription Drugs and for Possession of Prescription Drugs Not Prescribed to You in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout New Jersey
Prescription drugs. We’ve all filled a prescription at one time or another for an antibiotic, painkiller, or another drug. And while filling a prescription may be a regular occurrence when you are sick or injured, it should not be overlooked that many prescription drugs are addictive and render themselves easy to abuse. A New Jersey prescription drug charges lawyer can help if you are facing these types of drug charges (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5).
In New Jersey, prescription drugs are considered controlled dangerous substances (CDS) and the possession, manufacture, or distribution of prescription drugs without proper authorization is illegal. The Garden State has stiff penalties for drug crimes and that goes for possession of prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you. These penalties apply to common prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet, and Adderall.
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Having an experienced New Jersey prescription drug crime attorney handling your case is critical for a favorable outcome. Prescription drug charges lawyer John B. Brennan of The Law Office of John B. Brennan skillfully defends clients facing charges for selling prescription drugs and for possession of prescription drugs not prescribed to you. With more than 30 years of criminal trial experience, Attorney John B. Brennan successfully defends clients in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and throughout New Jersey.
Experienced New Jersey Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer Defends Clients Facing Charges for Possession of Prescription Drug Charges and Selling Prescription Drugs
Experienced New Jersey prescription drug charges lawyer John B. Brennan defends clients facing all kinds of prescription drug charges, including the following and more:
- Possession of prescription drugs not prescribed to you: it is illegal to possess prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you with a valid prescription. Possession of prescription drugs in the amount of four or less pills that are not prescribed to you with the intent to distribute is a fourth degree offense, with penalties that include prison time of up to 18 months and $10,000 in fines. Possession of prescription drugs not prescribed to you in the amount of four or less pills is considered a disorderly persons offense with a penalty of up to six months in prison and $1,000 in fines.
- Distribution of prescription drugs: giving a prescription drug that is prescribed to you to someone else is illegal and distributing prescription drugs without a valid license is also a crime in New Jersey. Charges for selling prescription drugs in the amount of five to 100 doses is considered a third degree crime, and penalties include fines of up to $100,000 and jail time. Distribution of prescription drugs in the amount of more than 100 pills is considered a second degree crime, and penalties include five to ten years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines.
- Forging a prescription drug prescription: it is considered a third degree offense to forge a prescription. Penalties include jail time of three to five years and fines of up to $50,000.
- Prescription drug fraud: obtaining a prescription with a forged prescription or another person’s prescription is illegal and is considered a third degree offense. Penalties for prescription drug fraud include three to five years in jail and fines of up to $50,000.
- Prescription drug theft: theft of the materials required to prescribe prescription drugs, including prescription pads or forms, is a criminal offense. Charges for stealing prescription drugs are most frequently combined with other prescription drug charges such as drug forgery and fraud.
- Unlawful use of prescription drugs: if you are found to be under the influence of prescription drugs that were not prescribed to you, you can be charged with a disorderly persons offense.
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Charged With Possession of Prescription Drugs Not Prescribed To You? Learn How The Top-Rated New Jersey Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer at The Law Office of John B. Brennan Can Help
The top-rated New Jersey prescription drug charges lawyer at The Law Office of John B. Brennan approaches every case involving possession of prescription drugs from the standpoint of a prosecutor — drawing on more than 25 years on that side of the legal system. Attorney John B. Brennan uses this inside knowledge to build a strong, effective legal defense for his New Jersey clients.
Attorney Brennan analyzes all of the evidence in each drug case with an eye toward grounds for dismissal such as lack of probable cause for the search, issues concerning the chain of custody with the prescription drugs, questions regarding legal possession of the prescription drugs and direct control, and whether his client was authorized to possess the prescription drug.
Whether you are charged with possession of prescription drugs not prescribed to you or are facing charges for selling prescription drugs, The Law Office of John B. Brennan can help. To learn more about the services we provide, arrange for a complimentary, no obligation consultation with our office.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Prescription Drug Crimes
Under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), all federally regulated controlled dangerous substances (CDS) are classified into five schedules. The schedules are classified according to a substance’s approved medical use, its potential for abuse, the drug’s safety, and its dependence liability. Possession, use, or distribution of a CDS is prohibited under federal law, and penalties for possession of prescription drugs depend upon the specific drug and its classification in the federal drug schedule. For answers to your questions about the penalties for possession of prescription drugs federally, arrange for a free, confidential consultation with The Law Office of John B. Brennan.
A prescription for a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) must be filed within 30 days of the date on which the prescription was written. After 30 days, the prescription is invalid.