Oxycontin Possession, Intent to Distribute, Fraud & Forgery
Oxycontin is a drug that enjoyed significant popularity in recent times. This pain medication is an extremely powerful opiate that it subject to heavy addiction. When dependency exists, individuals will resort to all kinds of measures to secure possession of Oxycontin. Some go as far as to engage in theft of prescription pads, forgery, fraud, and even distribution. When these efforts fail and result in someone being arrested, the attorneys at our defense firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan Marshall, come in handy. Our staff includes three lawyers, Jonathan Marshall, who is a former prosecutor with almost 20 years experience, Colin Bonus, an attorney of nearly 30 years and Thomas Campo, another former County prosecutor with over 15 years in practice. The members of this defense team have been handling prescription drug cases like those involving Oxycontin for decades. If you have been charged with possession, prescription fraud, prescription fraud, or prescription theft involving Oxycontin, our attorneys can assist you in successfully defending these charges. We are available 24/7 and a lawyer can be reached immediately at 1-877-450-8301. We hope you find the information and law that follows of assistance.
Oxycontin is customarily used to treat severe pain stemming from orthopedic and neurological injuries, as well as cancer. The drug is administered in the form of a time release tablet or pill. It is a Scheduled II Controlled Dangerous Substance (“CDS”) whose distribution is heavily regulated. Oxycontin is also known as OC, Oxy, Oxycotton, and Hillbilly Heroin. Illegal possession of the drug is obtained through doctor shopping, theft of Oxycontin and prescription pad(s), forgery and fraud.
New Jersey Laws Governing Oxycontin Possession, Distribution, Theft, Fraud, and Forgery.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 governs possession and possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs. Possession or distribution of 4 or fewer pills is a Fourth Degree Crime. It is a Third Degree offense to possess or distribute at least five but less than 100 tablets of Oxycontin. A Second Degree crime may be charged where someone possesses with the intent to distribute 100 or more units of the drug.
N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1 is the law in NJ that deals with Forgery of Oxycontin Prescriptions. Forgery of a prescription blank, pad or tablet is a Third Degree crime.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13 concerns obtaining prescriptions by fraud. When someone utilizes misrepresentation, fraud or deception to acquire Oxycontin, they are exposed to a Third Degree crime.
Penalties & Related Information
A Fourth Degree crime is punishable by up to 18 months in jail. A Third Degree Crime, such as possession of under 100 pills, forgery or fraud, carries a fine of up to $200,000 and jail exposure as high as 5 years. A Second Degree Offense involves fines that can reach $300,000 and up to 10 years in jail.
If you would like to learn more about a criminal charge involving Oxycontin or how we can assist you, a lawyer is available immediately at 1-877-450-8301. One of our attorneys would be happy to provide you with the information and guidance you are looking for.