Prescription medication abuse, unfortunately, seems to be a problem in every state. In New Jersey, those who steal prescription drugs that do not belong to them, even if they do not sell them, are subject to the highest penalties permissible by the state.
New Jersey state laws attempt to keep medical professionals from writing prescriptions for addictive medication where the prescription is not needed. Because of the incredible addictive nature of certain drugs, namely painkillers, people sadly steal prescriptions from those who need them often.
New Jersey law enforcement is tough on those who steal prescription drugs. It can be charged as a criminal offense in the second degree with penalties that include fines of up to $150,000 and an incarceration sentence of as long as ten years. This is contingent on the value of the prescription drugs that were stolen, which in this case would have to exceed $75,000. Theft of prescription drugs is a serious criminal matter in New Jersey, which requires the help of a skilled and hardworking attorney.
What Are The Penalties For Possession Or Distribution Of Prescription Drugs?
Possessing or selling someone else’s prescription drugs could result in a fourth-degree criminal charge if the quantity is less than four pills or a comparable amount. A fourth degree criminal charge carries an 18 month prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000. If you are caught in possession of more, however, a second or third degree offense could result in a whopping $300,000 fine and a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.
What Are The Penalties For Prescription Drug Fraud?
If you purposely commit prescription drug fraud, you can face penalties of three to five years in prison and a monetary fine. Prescription drug fraud occurs when an individual purposely misrepresents themselves or otherwise uses illegal means to obtain access to prescription drugs. All drug crimes are serious, and those who are accused of theft of prescription drugs in any capacity need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
What Kind Of Drugs Are Commonly Stolen In New Jersey?
Sadly, the value of prescription drugs on the street market makes many people turn to theft. Those who are suffering from prescription drug addiction will often turn to theft as well. But people who are the intended recipient of these prescription medications often are dealing with immense pain due to illness or injury, and need the drug while they heal. In similar circumstances, those who take anti-anxiety or sleep medication may find that their drugs have been stolen, as some take these drugs for recreational purposes or are addicted.
Prescription drugs stolen frequently include:
- Pain relievers
- Sleep medication
- Muscle relaxants
Aside from the drugs listed above, any controlled substance or prescription medication should be kept safely away in order to mitigate the risk of theft or harm.
How Are Prescription Drugs Commonly Stolen In New Jersey?
As criminal defense lawyers, our legal professionals have handled numerous cases of prescription drug theft. The circumstances under which the drugs were stolen vary from state to state, but some instances include:
- Clinical drug theft: This type of theft occurs when a medical professional such as a nurse, doctor or hospital staff steals prescription medication without permission
- Stealing from drug manufacturers or other means of pharmaceutical sales
- Stealing a medical professionals prescription pad in order to forge a prescription
- Steal mail or a package in order to obtain prescription medication that doesn’t belong to you
- Stealing prescription drugs from a family member or from someone else’s house
- Stealing from your job: clinical drug theft occurs when a medical professional such as a nurse, doctor or hospital staff steals prescription medication without permission
If you have been accused of any of the aforementioned criminal acts, you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer from The Bianchi Law Group right away. You could be facing serious criminal penalties.
Schedule A Free, No-Obligation Consultation With The Bianchi Law Group If You Have Been Charged WIth Stealing Prescription Drugs In New Jersey
If you or someone you love has been charged with stealing prescription drugs in New Jersey, call The Bianchi Law Group today and schedule a free, no-commitment consultation regarding your defense case. Without the help of a lawyer, you could be facing severe penalties such as thousands of dollars in fines and decades of your life in prison. Our attorneys have handled numerous cases like these, and are just a phone call away ready to help you with your case.