Oxycontin which is commonly referred to as “oxy” is a prescription pain killer used to treat severe pain. The prescription drug has gained a lot of notoriety and popularity with teenagers, athletes and even professionals because it relieves pain, relaxes you, and gives a good high especially mixed with other drugs or alcohol. It has taken the place of Percocets and Vicodin because it is more powerful and has a stronger more intense high. Most people will first take oxys after being prescribed the medicine from a doctor to help recovery from an injury or surgery and other people will experiment with them from their friend’s or parent’s leftover prescription bottle. The high can quickly become addictive and when the prescription runs out people will often try to buy them on the black market. However, in New Jersey it is illegal to be in possession prescription drugs without a valid prescription and this is why so many people ultimately end up being charged with these crimes. Other people turn to more drastic measures and will even try to buy the oxy pills through Prescription Fraud by turning in a prescription under someone else’s name or even try to forge a blank prescription or change the amount of pills prescribed which often ends in Prescription Forgery charges. 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 criminal lawyer because these charges are very serious. At the Proetta & Oliver our attorneys have represents clients against thousands of criminal charges including possession of oxy. We represent clients throughout New Jersey including Cranford, Union Township, Hillside, Linden, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Rahway, and Elizabeth. If you would like more information about our services and how we can help you, contact us at (908) 838-0150 to speak with an experienced criminal lawyer during a free consultation.
Oxycontin New Jersey Law and Penalties
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 and 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
Lawyers for Oxycontin Charges in Springfield & Clark, NJ
To fully understand the consequences and seriousness of the situation, it is important that how each crime is handled. A Second Degree is the most serious Oxycodone charge and if you are 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. If you have been arrested for crime involving Oxycodone or prescription drugs it is very important to retain an attorney experienced in dealing with Prescription Drug Crimes. Our criminal attorneys are very experienced in handling prescription possession and distribution cases and dealing with the prosecutor’s office. In fact, we are often able to secure our clients admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention or 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, contact our office at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer or to set up an appointment at any one of our conveniently located offices.
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