Oxycontin, also known as Oxycodone, is commonly referred to as “oxy”. It is a prescription painkiller that is quite common and prescribed to treat severe pain. In recent years, this drug has gained significant notoriety and popularity with teenagers, athletes, and even professionals because it relieves pain, provides relaxation sensations, and gives a potent high. The is especially true when it is mixed with other drugs or alcohol. It has taken the place of Percocet and Vicodin as prescription “drug du jour” because of its addictive qualities “better” high. Usually, people will first take oxys prescribed by a doctor to help with the recovery from an injury or surgery. In other instances, people experiment with them after attaining the drug from a friend or a parent’s leftover prescription bottle. Of course, the addictive high is what often leads people to buy them on the black market after the prescription runs out. However, in New Jersey it is illegal to be in possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription. This is why so many people end up being charged with these serious drug offenses.
Oxycodone Prescription Fraud in Ocean County NJ
Sometimes, as a result of a prescription drug addiction, people turn to drastic measures when prescriptions expire and try to buy oxy pills through Prescription Fraud. This crime is perpetrated when somebody turns in a prescription under someone else’s name, forges a blank prescription, or changes the amount of pills prescribed. These acts will often result in Prescription Forgery charges. Whatever the facts of your case, if you or your loved one is charged with oxycontin distribution,possession of oxycontin, or any related charges, it is in your best interest to consult and retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer because these charges and associated penalties are very severe. At Proetta & Oliver, our attorneys have represented clients against a wide array of criminal charges including possession of oxycontin and othe prescription drugs. We represent clients throughout Ocean County and New Jersey including Jackson, Point Pleasant, Toms River, Stafford Township, Berkeley Township, Barnegat, Seaside Park, and Manchester. For more information about our services and how we can help you, contact us at (848) 238-2100 for a free consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer.
Oxycodone New Jersey Law and Penalties
Unfortunately, because oxycodone is so powerful and potent it often leads to the use of heroin and ultimately the eventual arrest for heroin possession or heroin distribution. To combat this widespread problem the state has set forth various laws culminating in severe penalties for crimes involving Oxycodone. For instance, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 provides the penalties for possession without a valid prescription and they are as follows.
Fourth Degree Crime
Possess 4 pills or less
Third Degree Crime
5 – 99 pills in your possession
Second Degree Crime
100 or more pills in your possession
To fully understand the consequences and seriousness of the situation, it is important that you learn how each crime is handled. A Second Degree Oxycontin Offense is the most serious Oxycodone crime under NJ statute. If convicted, you can be sentenced to prison for up to 10 years and up to $300,000 in fines. A Third Degree crime, and typically the most common, is punishable by up to 5 years in jail but also carries up to $200,000 in fines. Lastly, a Fourth Degree offense will expose you to up to 18 months in prison.
Toms River NJ Oxycontin Defense Lawyers
If you have been arrested for a crime involving Oxycodone or prescription drugs it is very important to retain an attorney who is experienced in dealing with prescription drug offenses. Our criminal attorneys are very experienced in handling prescription possession and distribution cases, dealing with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and navigating the court system. In fact, we are often able to secure our clients admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention or even Drug Court so they avoid potential mandatory incarceration or even a criminal record altogether. If you would like to learn more about how we may be able to help you build a case strategy based upon the facts of your case and customized to meet your needs, contact our office in Toms River at (848) 238-2100 for a free consultation.