Morphine Possession, Distribution & Prescription Forgery
Morphine is a drug that is used to treat severe pain and can also be administered to relieve other problems such as difficulty breathing. While the drug can be extremely helpful for those who experience chronic pain, it is also a very potent medication that is susceptible to illegal distribution, possession, and prescription forgery. Possessing and/or distributing morphine (e.g. possession with intent to distribute CDS), or even fraud to obtain a prescription, are charges that have serious legal consequences that can last a lifetime. It is, therefore, extremely important to consult with a lawyer if you have been arrested or charged with one of these offenses. Reach an attorney at our firm for information regarding NJ law and your defenses. Our lawyers are available now at 1-877-450-8301.
What is Morphine?
The street names for morphine are Morph, “M”, Miss Emma, and Emma. It is created from opium and can produce a sense of euphoria, which is the reason that the drug is so addicting. In fact, since this is a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), there are specific guidelines to follow for selling and prescribing the medication. However, many people try to illegally obtain the drug through sources such as the internet, foreign countries, the street, or by even stealing prescription pads and tablets.
New Jersey Criminal Morphine Charges
The penalties and consequences for a morphine offense depends on the grade of offense to which an individual is charged. Like any CDS charge, a conviction results in a criminal record and suspension of an individual’s drivers license (absent a presentation of hardship by your attorney). The penalties are even more severe as it relates to jail. A fourth-degree offense like possession of 5 or less units of morphine without a prescription carries up to 18 months in jail. Possessing more than 5 units is a third-degree crime that mandates up to 5 years in jail. Where an individual is convicted of possession with intent to distribute, distribution or selling morphine, they can be sentenced as a second-degree offender depending on the quantity involved. This carries 5 to 10 years in jail. Forging a prescription (forgery) and fraud to obtain a prescription, including theft of a prescription, are typically third-degree charges carrying up to 5 years in jail.
Get Help From Experienced Morphine Crime Defense Lawyers
What we are talking about are charges that have the potential to significantly affect a person’s life. If you have been charged with a morphine-related offense, it is vital for you to contact an attorney experienced in dealing with these charges. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have represented many individuals in prescription drug cases and will work to dismiss or reduce your charges. Please do not hesitate to set up an appointment, as our attorneys can help to mitigate the repercussions of a conviction. You can reach us at 1-877-450-8301 anytime 24/7 and initial consultations are free.