Vicodin Possession, Intent to Distribute & Prescription Forgery/Fraud
Vicodin or hydrocodone is a drug that is designed to block the body from perceiving pain. This can be a very captivating feeling, one to which individuals can quickly become addicted. When vicodin cannot be obtained legally, individuals resort to the streets to obtain possession without a valid prescription, steal prescription tablets, blanks and forms, and utilize fraud to get the drug. This also creates opportunity for those involved in illegal selling, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute vicodin. Irrespective of the reason for committing a criminal offense to obtain this medication, the consequences of a related conviction are significant. The first step in minimizing or avoiding the penalties associated with a conviction is to hire an attorney experienced in defending these charges. This is where our law firm can help you as every lawyer at our office has a minimum of fifteen (15) years experience defending individuals in New Jersey. Our defense attorneys are accessible 24/7 to address your concerns at 1-877-450-8301. You can reach one of our lawyers immediately.
New Jersey Vicodin Prescription Laws
Possession of vicodin from a source other than a prescription from a licensed physician is against New Jersey law. Possessing 5 or less pills is a fourth-degree offense punishable by fines, loss of drivers license, and up to 18 months in jail. If an individual possesses more than 5 units of vicodin, he is exposed to a third-degree crime. This grading also applies to most prescription theft, forgery, and fraud involving acquisition of these drugs. A third-degree offense carries up to 5 years in jail and other monetary punishment. The hydrocodone offense that is potentially the most serious is selling or distributing vicodin (i.e. possession of CDS with intent to distribute). Distribution of vicodin can involve a second-degree and, in some cases, a first-degree charge. A second-degree crime is punishable by 5 to 10 years in jail and a first-degree crime involves 10 to 20 years in jail.
With consequences such as these for vicodin and hydrocodone charges, consultation with lawyers experienced in prescription drug offenses is imperative. Our attorneys have approximately 60 years in practice handling criminal cases like these. For a free initial consultation with a lawyer, call 1-877-450-8301. An attorney is available 24/7 to provide you with the information necessary for you to protect yourself.