What Are the Penalties for Prescription Drug Charges in NJ?

Prescription drugs are readily available on the street in almost every town. These drugs are illegal to possess without a prescription, which is why if you are someone who is currently facing possession or intent to sell charges, you cannot afford to proceed without the services of a knowledgeable New Jersey criminal defense attorney. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What needs to be proven to be charged with a drug crime?

When a police officer stops an individual, the officer must have probable cause to conduct a legal search. If drugs are found in the person’s possession, he/she will be charged with a drug crime. Depending on the quantity of drugs found, you can be charged with either possession and/or intent to sell. The penalties for prescription drug crimes are severe, which is why you cannot afford to proceed without the assistance of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.

What are the consequences of prescription drug charges in New Jersey?

The consequences of prescription drug crimes can be severe and you may face jail time and/or high fines. Some of the consequences of prescription drug crimes are as follows:

  • Possession of four or fewer doses: If you are caught with four or fewer doses of a prescription drug, you will face a disorderly person’s offense for which you may face a fine and up to six months in jail if convicted.
  • Possession of four or fewer doses with intent to sell: You may face a fourth-degree criminal offense, which provides for 18 months in prison and a potential $10,000 fine if convicted.
  • Possession of five doses or more: You may face a third-degree offense, which entails up to $200,000 in fines and a potential 3 to 5-year prison sentence, if convicted.
  • Possession of 100 doses or more: You may face a second-degree intent to distribute charge that may entail a potential $300,000 fine as well as a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.

If you are currently facing prescription drug charges, the time to act is now. Our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys are here to help.

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If you have recently been charged with a crime, you need knowledgeable legal counsel on your side. Our firm has helped countless individuals navigate the complex legal system for years, and we are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you deserve and need to move on with your life. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. today to learn more about how our firm can assist you through this difficult time.