Lawyer for Prescription Fraud in Union County, New Jersey
Prescription fraud has become a much more common crime in recent years and that is why New Jersey takes it so seriously. A conviction for prescription fraud can result in prison time and criminal record. An experienced criminal defense attorney can navigate the court system and pinpoint legal issues to negotiate a successful deal with the prosecutor’s office. These results can include a downgraded charge, a remand, dismissal, or securing admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention so the charges are dismissed at completion. The Proetta & Oliver is committed to exclusively defending clients against criminal and municipal court charges such as prescription fraud. Our law firm represents individuals throughout New Jersey including Linden, Westfield, Summit, Union Twp, Rahway, and Springfield. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact our office today, conveniently located in Cranford, to speak with an experienced prescription fraud attorney during a free consultation at (908) 838-0150.
Obtaining Drugs by Fraud Law: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13
The New Jersey statute for obtaining prescription drugs by fraud is listed below, in pertinent part, for your reading convenience.
§ 2C:35-13. Obtaining Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud
It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire or obtain possession of a forged or fraudulent certificate of destruction required pursuant to N.J.S.2C:35-21. A violation of this section shall be a crime of the third degree except that, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:43-3, a fine of up to $50,000.00 may be imposed. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to preclude or limit a prosecution for theft as defined in chapter 20 of this title.
Prescription Fraud – Prosecuted in Superior Court
As stated in the above statute, the crime of prescription fraud is a third degree indictable offense. Penalties for a third degree felony conviction can be severe are some have been listed below as an example.
Potential Penalties Include:
1) State Prison incarceration up to 3 – 5 years
2) State monitored probation
3) Suspension of your driver’s license
4) Fines of up to $50,000.00
5) A permanent criminal record
6) Deportation for non-citizens
When it comes to prison time, the good news is that prescription fraud, like most other non-violent felonies that are graded as third degree offenses or lower, does not have a presumption of incarceration.
Cranford NJ Prescription Fraud Attorney
All indictable offenses are heard up in the Union County Superior Courthouse and handled by the County Prosecutor’s Office. Because of the nature of the crime, there are often companion charges such as Forgery and Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs. As founding attorney, Will Proetta has successfully handled literally thousands of criminal and municipal court charges including prescription fraud during his legal career. We will work with the state on your behalf using skillful negotiation tactics and aggressive defense techniques to come to a successful resolution. Our law firm represents clients through New Jersey including Westfield, Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Plainfield, Clark, Hillside, and Kenilworth. If you would to speak with an experienced prescription fraud defense lawyer about your charges contact our Cranford office at (908) 838-0150.
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