Hackensack NJ Possession and Distribution of Roxycontin Defense Attorneys
Criminal and Drug Defense Lawyers in Bergen County, New Jersey
Roxycontin is also known as “Roxicodone,” “Roxicontin,” “Roxies,” “Roxy,” and “Roxycodone.” Like OxyContin, Roxycontin is a pain-relief medication that is typically prescribed for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pain. Both drugs have the same main ingredient: oxycodone, which is a pain reliever derived from opium and similar to morphine. The only difference between OxyContin and Roxycontin is the way the drugs are administered. Unlike OxyContin, Roxycontin is not time-released, meaning that it acts almost immediately. As a result, Roxycontin is an extremely popular “recreational drug” in New Jersey. Because of the high level of abuse of Roxycontin, New Jersey prosecutors often seek to impose the maximum allowable punishments in Roxycontin cases.
The Tormey Law Firm is a trial team of aggressive criminal and drug defense lawyers, including a former New Jersey prosecutor who previously prosecuted large drug distribution offenses. Travis J. Tormey and the members of his distinguished legal practice dedicate themselves to each and every client, having accumulated extensive experience defending clients accused of a myriad of crimes including prescription fraud, Valium possession, and morphine possession in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey, including in Hackensack, Fort Lee, and Leonia.
Overall, the attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are about compassion and positive results. For example, one of their former clients wrote, “Travis dealt my case with passion, professionalism and punctuality.” To read more reviews about The Tormey Law Firm on Avvo.com, click here. And for a free consultation about your New Jersey drug charges, contact the Hackensack offices of Tormey Law today at (201)-330-4979. One of our talented attorneys will be happy to discuss your case and provide you with an honest evaluation. Also, feel free to continue reading this page for more information on Roxycontin charges in New Jersey.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5: Roxycontin Law in New Jersey
In New Jersey, it’s illegal to carry prescription drugs and certain medications unless you already hold a valid prescription. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possession and/or distribution of Roxycontin is prohibited unless carried out by a licensed physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. As set forth by the Controlled Substance Act, Roxycontin is a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Schedule II drugs have an accepted medical use but a high potential for abuse that can lead to physical and psychological dependence. The penalties for possession or distribution of Roxycontin vary, depending on the number of pills that are seized.
Second Degree: Roxycontin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
The most serious charge is second degree intent to distribute Roxycontin. This is the charge if the offender possesses 100 or more pills and does so for financial gain. If convicted, you could be sentenced to five (5) to ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of incarceration. Additionally, a conviction could result in a $300,000.00 fine.
Third Degree: Roxycontin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
In New Jersey, possession of between five (5) and 99 Roxycontin pills without a valid prescription is classified as a third degree crime. If convicted of third degree possession of Roxycontin, you could be looking at a sentence of between three (3) and five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $200,000.00.
Fourth Degree: Roxycontin Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Distribution
If you possess four (4) or fewer Roxycontin pills, it is classified as a fourth degree felony. This is punishable by up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Roxycontin Possession
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-24, possession of four (4) or fewer Roxycontin pills is a disorderly persons offense. This essentially means that if you are caught with a pill outside the bottle or container in which it was dispensed, you could be charged with disorderly persons possession of Roxycontin. Moreover, just being under the influence of Roxycontin in public without a valid prescription can be a disorderly persons offense. If convicted of this charge, you could be looking at up to six (6) months in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Failure to Turn Over Roxycontin to a Police Officer
Another related charge is failure to turn over Roxycontin to a law enforcement officer. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(c), failing to turn over drugs to police is a disorderly persons offense. Many times, NJ prosecutors will bring this as a downgraded charge in a Roxycontin case. If convicted of this charge, you could face up to six (6) months in the county jail, a $1,000.00 fine, and suspension of your driver’s license for at least six (6) months.
Contact The Tormey Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love is facing a Roxycontin charge in New Jersey, do not lose faith. Our drug defense lawyers are prepared to examine the circumstances of your arrest and to undermine the validity of the search and any evidence obtained during said search in any way possible. If the search was conducted illegally, we may be able to achieve the dismissal of your charges altogether. Additionally, if you have been arrested on Roxycontin charges, you might be eligible for a diversionary program such as the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program or the conditional discharge program, depending on your prior record and the degree of your charges. If you face prescription drug charges in New Jersey, contact our offices 24 hours a day at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation. We can provide you with the information you need and a full review of all of your available options.