Middlesex County Adderall Defense Lawyers
Defending Adderall Possession and Distribution Charges in New Brunswick, NJ
Adderall was originally approved by the FDA in the 1990s to treat Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Today, the substance is often abused by college students and athletes for the purposes of enhancing performance, increasing memory, and as a study aid for getting through college exams. While it appears to have gained popularity and is not as socially unacceptable as some other drugs, Adderall does remain illegal without a valid prescription in New Jersey. Police and prosecutors are well aware of the rampant abuse and are ready to prosecute anyone who possesses this controlled substance without prescription authorization. Illegally possessing Adderall can give rise to criminal charges being lodged against you in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Edison, Monroe, South Brunswick, Woodbridge and throughout Middlesex County. The degree of the charges ranges from disorderly persons offenses to felony crimes based on the number of pills and the state’s belief regarding your intent for the drugs. If you have been charged with Adderall possession, distribution, or intent to distribute, your immediate college plans and future at large could be in jeopardy. Our Middlesex County defense lawyers are prepared to assist you with all manner of drug-related accusations, from possession of CDS, to drug paraphernalia, tickets for having drugs in a motor vehicle, and intent to distribute in a school zone. To speak with a knowledgeable attorney regarding your individual Adderall related charges and what can be done to protect you, call our local office in Edison at (732) 659-9600 today. The consultation is free and available anytime.
Adderall is a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) in New Jersey
New Jersey classifies drug offenses based upon the five lists of controlled dangerous substances. These lists rank in severity based on the accepted medical value of the substance and the addictive properties. If the substance has little to no accepted medical use, it is considered more dangerous and ranked higher in terms of the degree of the crime.
Adderall has some medically accepted advantages and is prescribed regularly for certain conditions. As noted above, the drug is widely used for those who suffer from attention disorders such as ADD or ADHD. For those persons under the care of the physician for such disorders, it can be a valuable tool that helps them focus, complete tasks, and be more successful. For others who do not have a documented history of attention deficit, it increases their awareness and allows them to stay awake for prolonged periods. This ability to stay awake for hours and even days attracts college students who are otherwise competing with those around them for top spots within their classes, or for other accolades giving an outwardly appearance of success. The drug falls on Schedule II of the list of controlled dangerous substances. This means that it has medically accepted use but it also has a high potential for abuse. The substance is therefore a recognized form of CDS covered under the Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. As a result, if you are caught with a drug like Adderall without a prescription, you will be criminally charged accordingly.
Possession of Adderall & Intent to Distribute in NJ
Possession, possession with intent, and distribution are all criminal offenses in New Jersey, applicable to Adderall as with any other type of controlled dangerous substance (CDS). When it comes to these charges, the degree of the crime depends on the amount of the drug possessed and the actions taken by the accused. For example, possessing 4 or fewer doses of Adderall is a disorderly persons offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5a. For a disorderly persons offense, the permissible sentence is 6 months in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and potential probation. Possessing 4 or fewer doses of Adderall for financial benefit will raise the stakes, as it increases the crime to the lowest of felony offenses, namely a fourth degree. For this offense, the authorized sentence is a $10,000 fine, and as much as a year and a half (18 months) in prison. You can also be charged with a crime of the fourth degree for distributing or selling just 4 pills.
Possessing greater amounts of Adderall may cause the police to charge you with a third degree indictable offense if the amount you possessed was between 5 and 100 doses. For a third degree felony, the authorized jail time is 3-5 years, plus a $200,000 fine. If you have more than 100 doses, the offense will be charged as a second degree, for which the law provides for a prison term of 5-10 years and a $300,000 fine maximum.
Can I get PTI for Possessing Adderall in Middlesex County?
Anyone who is charged with a first offense, who has never had a prior diversionary program, discharge or conditional dismissal can apply for Pretrial Intervention in Superior Court or conditional discharge in Municipal Court. PTI is a program that permits the case to be “diverted” and allows you to fulfill certain obligations before prosecution is pursued and completed. Conditional discharge serves the same purpose for drug crimes prosecuted in Municipal Court. While not everyone charged with a drug offense is eligible for a diversionary option, it is a great way to guarantee dismissal and secure your future.
Contact Edison Attorneys for Adderall Defense in Your Case
The lawyers at our Middlesex County criminal law firm know that there are a multitude of options for successfully handling your Adderall charges, and we search for the top available resolutions or arguments that can be made based on the facts of your case. With decades of combined experience, we know how to steer you in the right direction while simultaneously protecting your rights when facing one or more criminal charges in East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Plainsboro, Metuchen and other towns in the area. Whether we are fighting the prosecution full-bore at trial, achieving a downgrading of the charges, gaining probation, or securing other successful results, our criminal defense attorneys will not hesitate when providing your best defense. If you have been arrested and charged with Adderall in Middlesex County, contact us at (732) 659-9600 today for a complimentary consultation.