Possession and Distribution of Oxycontin or Percocet Attorneys Monmouth County, NJ
Serving Clients Across West Long Branch, Freehold, Asbury Park, Red Bank, Eatontown, Ocean County, Wall, Ocean, and Monmouth County
Oxycodone (more often referred to by the brand name Oxycontin) and Percocet (a mixture of Acetaminophen and Oxycodone) are both powerful painkillers which are often prescribed after serious injuries or after surgery to control discomfort. Percocet is essentially a mixture of the main ingredients from Oxycontin and Tylenol.
Both Oxycontin and Percocet are controlled substances in New Jersey, meaning that only licensed physicians, pharmacists, or veterinarians are legally allowed to distribute the medications. Unlawful distribution and possession of controlled prescription drugs can carry significant penalties upon conviction including prison sentences of up to ten (10) years.
At The Law Office of Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington, or criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience serving clients who have been charged with possession and distribution or Oxycontin and Percocet in our local New Jersey communities including Red Bank, Long Branch, Freehold, Eatontown, Ocean, Wall, Ocean County, and the greater Monmouth County area. Do not let serious drug charges ruin your life. Lean on our experience and intimate knowledge of criminal law to protect your legal freedoms and seek reduced or dismissed charges.
Call our office today to learn more about how we can best serve you in a free and confidential consultation regarding your Oxycontin, Percocet, or any other prescription drug distribution charges.
Asbury Park County Prescription Prescription Drug Offense Attorneys Discuss the Dangers of Oxycontin and Percocet
It can be difficult to bridge the gap between understanding why Oxycontin and Percocet are so frequently prescribed and also why they can be so dangerous when used recreationally. If they are good in some situations, why would they be harmful in others? There are several reasons why painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet can be especially dangerous when abused:
- If you are not in pain, the drugs will depress and tax your system. Painkillers are meant to be used by those experiencing heightened pain. When they are used by those who are not in pain, they may suppress your bodily functions in unsafe ways
- Oxycontin and Percocet are habit forming. Even small doses can be habit forming when administered regularly over time
- Administration of the drugs in ways not intended by doctors can be extremely dangerous. Crushing pills, snorting the powder, even simply chewing the pill rather than swallowing can all lead to a rapid release which can cause serious medical issues and potential overdoses
- Withdrawal and other physical symptoms. Coming off of a regimen of painkillers is meant to be a weening process as physical pain subsides. When there was no major physical pain to begin with, the withdrawal process can be uncomfortable or even dangerous
Freehold Oxycontin and Percocet Distribution Defense Attorneys: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5
Unlawful possession with the intent to distribute prescription drugs is governed by New Jersey Revised Statutes Section 2C:35-10.5 – Prescription legend drugs. Essentially, possession of any prescription drug such as Oxycontin or Percocet with the intention to distribute, particularly if that distribution involves a financial transaction, is treated very similarly to distribution of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, synthetic marijuana, and so on. Pursuant to the above regulations, here are the charges and penalties for possession and distribution of Oxycontin and Percocet:
- Disorderly persons charges may stem from possession with intent to distribute no more than four (4) doses of Oxycontin or Percocet where the distribution involves no financial gain. Convictions can come with up to six (6) months in county jail and maximum fines of $1,000
- Fourth degree felony charges may be filed when the offender possesses with intent to distribute no more than four (4) doses of Percocet or Oxycontin for the purpose of financial gain. Convictions may lead to up to 18 months in county jail and fines up to $10,000
- Third degree felony charges may result from possession with intent to distribute between five (5) and 99 doses of Percocet or Oxycontin for financial gain. Convictions may come with prison sentences up to five (5) years and maximum fines of $200,000
- Second degree felony charges may be filed where the distributed Percocet or Oxycontin was in the amount of 100 or more doses with the intention of financial gain. Sentences can include up to ten (10) years in state prison and fines up to $300,000. Second degree convictions also come with a presumption of incarceration, which means that even first time offenders can expect to serve time in prison
Contact our West Long Branch Prescription Drug Distribution Defense Attorneys Today
The criminal defense attorneys of Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington all understand that prescription drug distribution charges are extremely serious in New Jersey, with convictions leading to similar sentences to distribution of hard drugs including cocaine and heroin. We believe in protecting our clients’ legal rights when facing such life changing situations, as we have done for decades in local towns including Ocean County, Red Bank, Freehold, Long Branch, Wall, Eatontown, Ocean, and all of Monmouth County. Our experienced criminal defense team is led by a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, the highest honor granted by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Contact us online or over the phone via our West Long Branch offices by dialing (732) 440-3950 today for a free consultation regarding your Oxycontin, Percocet, or other prescription drug distribution charges today.