Holmdel NJ Prescription Drug Distribution Defense Attorneys
In New Jersey, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription is considered a serious crime. However, these charges and the potential penalties for those convicted become increasingly severe when the prescription drug is possessed with intent to distribute, dispensed, or distributed by an unlicensed, unauthorized individual. Like offenses involving possession, prescription drug distribution charges are graded based on the number of units or pills associated with the alleged offense. As such, those accused of these crimes face variable penalties, including a prison term ranging from 18 months to 10 years.
Notably, New Jersey’s Prescription Drug Statute found in section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 of the New Jersey Criminal Code, encompasses a vast array of prescription medications, including Adderall, Valium, Ritalin, Xanax, Vicodin, Morphine, Oxycodone, Suboxone, Percocet, Fentanyl, and Methadone. Similarly, those accused of these crimes can be found at all ages and stages of life, from the college student who gave a pill or two to his roommate, to the doctor who was writing illegal prescriptions outside of his practice. Regardless of the circumstances of the specific case, these charges can spell life-altering consequences for you and those you love.
Combining knowledge, experience, and compassion for our clients, Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh is a law firm dedicated to every citizen’s right to a vigorous defense. Since our firm was founded over 50 years ago, our talented legal team has been dedicated to pursuing any and all means necessary to protect our clients and their families. If you or someone you love has been accused of distributing prescription drugs in New Jersey, our attorneys are just a phone call away. Reach us at our Monmouth County offices anytime at 732-440-3950 or toll-free at 888-328-9131 to discuss your case.
Prescription Drug Distribution in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5
All crimes related to the Possession, Possession With Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Prescription Drugs are addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, which mandates:
A person who knowingly:
- Distributes a prescription drug in an amount of four or fewer units (pills) is a disorderly person;
- Distributes or possesses with intent to distribute a prescription drug in an amount of four or fewer units (pills) is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree;
- Distributes (sells) OR possesses with intent to distribute a prescription drug in an amount of at least five but fewer than 100 units (pills) is guilty of a crime of the third degree; A fine of up to $200,000 may be imposed for a conviction under this subsection
- Distributes (sells) OR possesses with intent to distribute a prescription drug in an amount of 100 or more units (pills) is guilty of a crime of the second degree; A fine of up to $300,000 may be imposed for a conviction under this subsection
Penalties for Distribution of Prescription Drugs in New Jersey
As mentioned previously, a charge for distributing, dispensing, or possessing prescription medication with intent to distribute is contingent upon the amount of the drug, specifically, the number of units or pills, associated with the alleged offense. These classifications are distinguished as follows:
Prescription Drug Distribution as a Second Degree Crime: Involves 100 or more units or pills; punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, as well as a maximum fine of $300,000
Prescription Drug Distribution as a Third Degree Crime: Involves a number of units or pills between 5 and 100; punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, as well as a maximum fine of $200,000
Prescription Drug Distribution as a Fourth Degree Crime: Involves 4 or fewer units or pills; punishable by a term of incarceration of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison
Contact Monmouth County NJ Prescription Drug Distribution Lawyers
A conviction for distributing prescription drugs can strike at any period of your life, but the repercussions can extend far beyond a prison sentence, with the potential to hinder you personally, professionally, and financially for years to come. You are, however, entitled to the most vigorous defense afforded under the law. At Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh, we pride ourselves on an exceptional level of legal representation that only 50-plus years of experience can provide. Call to learn more about how we will work toward protecting your future. Our West Long Branch office can be reached at 732-440-3950.