When people think about drug abuse or criminal drug charges, they often imagine activity involving unlawful drugs like heroin, marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines. However, prescription drugs can also be considered illegal, and prescription drug abuse is a pervasive problem for people all across New Jersey.
While prescription drugs themselves may not be illegal, having or obtaining them without a proper prescription from a doctor can and does lead to criminal charges.
If you have been charged with an offense stemming from possession, distribution or trafficking of prescription drugs, particularly if it involves a large quantity, you could be facing penalties just as severe as those for other drugs. Prescription drugs are classified just like other drugs and come with severe consequences if a person is convicted of having, using or selling them.
Among the penalties are fines, orders to participate in a drug rehabilitation program, community service and even jail time. Because of the enormous resources law enforcement agencies put toward investigating and making arrests for drug violations, it is not unusual for prosecutors to pursue the harshest sentences for violations.
However, there are defenses to these types of drug crimes. It will take a thorough understanding of New Jersey and federal drug laws and an examination of the details of a specific case to see which one may be most appropriate. Because of this, it can be crucial that you have the support and guidance of an attorney familiar with prescription drug charges in this state.
Our attorneys are prepared to discuss your case and your legal options with you if you or a loved one has been arrested for a criminal offense involving prescription drugs like Xanax, Ritalin and Oxycodone. For more information, please visit our law firm's website.