Woodbridge NJ Oxycodone Defense Lawyer
Possession and Distribution of Painkillers Attorneys in Middlesex County NJ
Oxycontin, commonly referred to as “oxy”, is a prescription painkiller used to treat severe pain. This prescription drug has gained a lot of notoriety and popularity with teenagers, athletes, and even professionals because it relieves pain, relaxation sensations, and gives a potent high, especially when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. It has taken the place of Percocet and Vicodin as prescription “drug du jour” because of its addictive qualities and that it is accompanied by more intense high. Most people first take oxy’s prescribed by a doctor to help with the recovery from an injury or surgery. Others experiment with them after attaining the drug from a friend or a parent’s leftover prescription bottle. The addictive high of Oxycodone often leads people to buy them on the black market after the prescription runs out. However, in New Jersey it is illegal to be in possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription. This is why so many people end up being charged with these offenses. Other people turn to more drastic measures when prescriptions expire and try to buy Oxycontin pills through Prescription Fraud by turning in a prescription under someone else’s name, forging a blank prescription, or changing the amount of pills prescribed. These acts often result in Prescription Forgery charges.
How Can A New Brunswick Oxycontin Help Me?
Whatever the facts of your case, if you find yourself charged distribution or possession of Oxycontin and any related charges, it is in your best interest to consult and retain an experienced drug defense lawyer because these charges and associated penalties are very severe. At Proetta & Oliver our attorneys have represented clients against thousands of criminal charges including possession and distribution of Oxycodone. In the past we have been able to help numerous clients facing oxycontin charges avoid felony convictions by securing remands to municipal court or Pre-Trial Intervention at the Superior Court. We represent clients throughout Middlesex County and New Jersey, including New Brunswick, Woodbridge Township, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Edison, Cranbury, Highland Park, and Helmetta. If you would like more information about our services and how we can help you, contact us at (732) 659-9600 to speak with an experienced criminal lawyer during a free consultation.
Penalties for Oxycontin in New Jersey
Unfortunately, because oxycodone is so powerful and potent it often leads to the use of heroin and ultimately the eventual arrest for heroin possession or heroin distribution. To combat this widespread problem the state has set forth various laws culminating in severe penalties for crimes involving Oxycodone. For instance, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 provides the penalties for possession without a valid prescription and they are as follows.
|Fourth Degree Crime||Possess 4 pills or less|
|Third Degree Crime||5 – 99 pills in your possession|
|Second Degree Crime||100 or more pills in your possession|
To fully understand the consequences and seriousness of the situation, it is important that you learn how each crime is handled. A Second Degree is the most serious Oxycodone charge. If convicted, you can be sentenced to prison up to 10 years and up to $300,000 in fines. A Third Degree crime, and typically the most common, is punishable by up to 5 years in jail but also carries up to $200,000 in fines. Lastly, a Fourth Degree offense will expose you to up to 18 months in prison.
Contact a Sayreville NJ Prescription Drug Charges Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you have been arrested for a crime involving Oxycodone or prescription drugs it is very important to retain an attorney experienced in dealing with prescription drug offenses. Our Middlesex County prescription drug attorneys are very experienced in handling prescription possession and distribution cases and dealing with the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office. In fact, we are often able to secure our clients admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention or even Drug Court so they avoid potential mandatory incarceration or even a criminal record altogether. If you would like to learn more about how we may be able to help you build a case strategy based upon the facts of your case and customized to meet your needs, contact our office at (732) 659-9600 for a free consultation with an experienced Oxycodone defense lawyer.