Drug use and addiction is rampant in New Jersey. The unfortunate reality is that many people are addicted to prescription drugs and are found to unlawfully possess them. Law enforcement in New Jersey tries hard to crack down on the possession and sale of prescription drugs. If found to be unlawfully possessing prescription drugs, an individual may face serious criminal charges.
Any time an individual is charged with the possession of illegal prescription drugs in New Jersey, the consequences are serious. Not only may an individual face significant jail time, but they may also face fines and a lifelong criminal record. If an individual has no more than four doses of medication, they may be charged with a disorderly person offense. Of course, as the number of unlawful drugs in one’s possession increase, so do the consequences. It is also important to be aware of the fact that if an individual has far more drugs in their possession than could reasonably be for personal use, the more likely that they will face additional charges for intent to distribute. If an individual has more than 100 doses of a prescription drug, they may be facing between 5 and 10 years of jail time and a second-degree crime.
What defenses can be used in a drug possession case?
An experienced criminal defense attorney has the ability to explore all possible legal defenses on behalf of an individual who has been charged with possessing illegal prescription drugs. There may be a lot of ways to have charges dismissed, including whether there were the necessary warrants or whether Miranda Rights were read.
If you or a loved one has been charged with the unlawful possession of prescription drugs in the state of New Jersey, contact Rem Katcher Law Group today.