Prescription Drug Possession and Distribution Attorneys Passaic County, NJ
Defending Clients Across Wayne, Paterson, Clifton, Woodland Park, Little Falls, West Milford, and Passaic County
Prescription drugs are powerful medications that can help improve and even save lives. However, prescription drug abuse is a major issue in the United States, and possession or distribution of prescription drugs has become a focal point of New Jersey state and Passaic County prosecutors. Unless you are a licensed medical doctor, pharmacist or veterinarian, possession and/or distribution of a prescription drug without the appropriate prescription or distribution of prescription drugs under any circumstances are considered serious drug-related crimes. Prescription drug possession and distribution carry similar legal consequences to possessing and/or distributing illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
At The Law Office of Del Sardo & Montanari, our criminal defense attorneys are adept at protecting clients who have been charged with possession or possession with intent to sell prescription drugs across New Jersey, including the towns of Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, Little Falls, Woodland Park, West Milford, and the greater Passaic County area. Lean on our extensive experience to work with you to seek reduced charges, reduced penalties, and potentially have your case dismissed.
Call our office today to speak with a member of our legal team in a free and confidential consultation concerning your prescription drug possession or distribution charges.
Prescription Drug Crimes N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 Paterson, NJ Prescription Drug Distribution Lawyers
Pursuant to New Jersey Revised Statutes Section 2C:35-10.5, prescription drug crimes and punishments are as follows. Keep in mind that physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and other legally licensed practitioners who legally administer prescription drugs are not subject to these statutes.
- Distribution of prescription drugs in an amount of four (4) or fewer dosage units shall result in a disorderly persons conviction, fines up to $1,000, and potentially up to six (6) months of jail time
- Distribution or possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs for financial gain in an amount of four (4) or fewer dosage units shall result in a fourth (4th) degree conviction, a fine of up to $10,000, and 18 months jail time
- Possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs for financial gain in an amount of five (5) or greater but less than 100 dosage units shall result in a third (3rd) degree conviction. This may result in a fine of up to $200,000 and five (5) years of jail time
- Possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs for monetary gain in an amount of 100 or more dosage units shall result in a second-degree conviction. This may entail a fine of up to $300,000 and 10 years of jail time
In addition, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-24 a disorderly persons charge may be filed against anyone who fails to keep prescription medication in the container in which it was dispensed other than a 10-day supply. In other words, it is also illegal to store prescription drugs in any large quantity outside of the original container.
Clifton, NJ Prescription Drug Possession Attorneys Discuss Common Prescription Drugs
Prescription drug abuse is a very serious public health concern in New Jersey. The prescription drugs which are most commonly abused are opioids, depressants, and stimulants. Our Clifton prescription drug possession attorneys list the most often seen culprits below:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Oxymorphone (Opana)
- Fentanyl (Duragesic)
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
- Amphetamines (Adderall)
- Propoxyphene (Darvon)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal)
Wayne, NJ Prescription Drug Distribution Lawyers Defend Clients
Our Wayne prescription drug possession with intent to distribute attorneys will work with the unique facts and evidence of your case to determine the best defense strategy moving forward. We will examine your discovery package which led to your drug distribution or possession charges and sees what the best course of action may be.
For example, the evidence being presented against you may have been collected illegally. If we are able to show that law enforcement officers did not follow proper legal protocols during your arrest or evidence gathering process, we may be able to have certain evidence thrown out as inadmissible. Even a single piece of evidence is inadmissible can lead to reduced or dismissed charges.
Our lawyers may also strive to show that certain evidence being used against you is circumstantial and does not prove beyond a doubt that you are guilty. An example of this might be police claiming you had the intent to distribute prescription drugs based on certain drug paraphernalia such as baggies or small containers found in your residence. However, we may be able to show that this evidence is circumstantial and does not prove intent to distribute.
Contact our Woodland Park Prescription Drug Crimes Attorneys Today
At Del Sardo & Montanari, our experienced criminal law attorneys take pride in defending the legal rights of clients charged with prescription drug possession or distribution across New Jersey, including the towns of Clifton, Paterson, Wayne, Woodland Park, West Milford, Little Falls, and all of Passaic County. We believe in working with each of our clients on a personal level to understand the nature of their case and how we can best serve them in seeking to reduce and ideally dismiss the charges at hand.
Contact us online or over the phone by calling our Woodland Park offices at (973) 233-4396 for a free and confidential consultation regarding your drug possession or distribution charges and we can protect your legal rights today.