Prescription Drugs Possession and Distribution – N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5

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Drug Defense Lawyers with Offices in Hackensack, New Jersey 

contact-form-backgroundPrescription drug crime convictions in New Jersey can have serious consequences, including fines, jail time, probation, and suspension of your driving privileges. Even having a single pill that was not legally prescribed to you can lead to your arrest and felony charges against you. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug-related offense in New Jersey, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for help.

The Tormey Law Firm, with offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, is a criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) defense practice with extensive experience representing clients charged with drug-related offenses, including possession of marijuanapossession of drug paraphernalia, and cocaine possession in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey. Mr.Tormey, the firm’s founding partner, and his fellow attorneys appear in local courts across Bergen County on a daily basis, including those in Montvale, Bergenfield, and Saddle Brook. With offices conveniently located in Hackensack, they serve clients on the front lines of the New Jersey justice system every day and are dedicated to the rights of the accused. To speak with one of these attorneys immediately, contact their offices at (201)-330-4979. This consultation is provided free of charge and they are pleased to assist you with your case.

 

Prescription Drug Charges in New Jersey: Possession and Distribution

In New Jersey, it is illegal to carry prescription drugs and certain medications unless a valid prescription is held. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possession and/or distribution of prescription drugs is prohibited unless carried out by a licensed physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. Specifically, the statute considers it a disorderly persons offense to knowingly possess, either actually or constructively, any prescription drug in an amount of four or fewer dosage units, unless lawfully prescribed or administered by a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe medicine. Also, if a defendant is found to possess that same small amount and intends to distribute those prescription drugs, the offense is classified as a fourth degree crime in New Jersey, subjecting the offender to 18 months in NJ State Prison. Higher amounts of prescription drugs will result in more severe penalties. For example, third degree possession of prescription drugs can lead to a sentence of five years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000.

The aforementioned charges apply to certain prescription medications, including:

 

Am I Allowed to Keep My Prescription Pills Outside of the Original Pill Bottle?

No. Under N.J.S.A. § 2C:35-24, you cannot have a controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in anything other than the original container, unless you have no more than a ten-day supply and, upon request of a police officer, present the name and address of either the licensed practitioner who prescribed the substance or the pharmacist who provided it. A violation of this statute is a disorderly persons offense, which can result in a permanent criminal charge on your record, a fine of up to $1,000, and up to six months in the county jail.

 

Call the Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack, NJ Today for a Free Consultation

An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you determine your eligibility for alternative sentencing programs such as Pre-trial Intervention, Conditional Discharge, and Drug Court. A knowledgeable lawyer can also craft the most effective defense for you if the case goes to trial. If you are facing prescription drug charges in New Jersey, contact the Tormey Law Firm anytime at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation. You can also use our online contact form to schedule an in-person meeting to discuss your charges.

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