In 2015, there were nearly 300 million prescriptions written for pain relievers in the United States. Oxycodone was one of the most often prescribed pain medications, which is why many people assume that possessing the drug without a prescription is not a serious offense. However, the potential penalties of being convicted for unlawful possession of oxycodone include a lengthy prison term and a steep fine. The conviction will also go on your permanent record.
If you were arrested for possessing oxycodone without a prescription, contact my office to discuss the defense options that apply to your case. Call 973-453-2009 to speak with an Elizabeth criminal defense attorney from the Law Office of Eric M. Mark.
Penalties for Oxycodone Possession in New Jersey
The penalties of a conviction for oxycodone possession depend on the amount of drugs found in your possession. Below, I’ve outlined a few degrees of this crime and the corresponding penalties:
- Fourth Degree Crime: You will be charged with a fourth degree crime if you were found in possession of four or fewer oxycodone pills or doses without a prescription. The penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in jail.
- Third Degree Crime: You will be charged with a third degree crime if you were found in possession of between five and 99 oxycodone pills without a prescription. The penalties of a conviction include a fine of up to $200,000 and up to five years in prison.
- Second Degree Crime: You will be charged with a second degree crime if you were found in possession of 100 or more oxycodone pills without a prescription. The penalties include a fine of up to $300,000 and up to 10 years in prison.
In addition to facing charges for possession of oxycodone without a prescription, you may face other charges depending on how you acquired the drug. For example, if you obtained the prescription by forgery or other fraud, you will be charged with a third degree crime and could face a fine of up to $100,000 and up to five years in prison.
What Is Prescription Drug Forgery?
You could face charges of prescription drug forgery if you made, completed, or executed a prescription and then said it was the act of someone else, with the intention to defraud or injure another person.
As you can see, the courts in New Jersey impose harsh penalties for oxycodone possession and related crimes. If you were charged with the unlawful possession of prescription drugs or with prescription drug fraud, contact my office to discuss your situation.
As a former Assistant Prosecutor, I have a unique skillset that makes me very effective as a criminal defense attorney. I will evaluate your case, answer your questions, investigate your arrest, and work tirelessly to help resolve your case in the best way possible.
Call 973-453-2009 to schedule a consultation with a drug crime lawyer in Elizabeth. Visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about defenses against drug crimes in New Jersey.