Trenton NJ Prescription Drug Distribution Lawyer
With Offices in Pennington, New Jersey
Prescription drugs have done a lot of good for society. They have been used to cure illnesses and to relieve pain for patients following surgery. Unfortunately, prescription drugs also carry the potential for addiction and abuse. New Jersey law enforcement has begun to crack down on prescription drug distribution as more and more young adults have become addicted to painkillers and other prescription medications. Additionally, NJ prosecutors treat prescription drug distribution as one of the more serious drug crimes; a conviction could result in an offender spending years behind bars.
The criminal defense lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson have more than 40 years of experience representing clients throughout Mercer County, NJ, including Hamilton, Robbinsville, and Hightstown. We are familiar with local courtroom procedure and we understand the nuances of New Jersey drug laws. Call KCR now to discuss your case with a member of our litigation team.
New Jersey Prescription Drug Distribution Statute
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 governs prescription drug distribution in New Jersey. Only certain individuals are legally allowed to dispense prescription legend drugs. Unless you are a licensed physician, dentist, pharmacist, or veterinarian, you are not allowed to distribute prescription drugs. Even if you legally obtained the medication, you can be charged with prescription drug distribution if you unlawfully divert the medication to another person.
Moreover, mere possession of prescription drugs can result in distribution charges if it is determined that you had the intent to sell the drugs.
Penalties for Prescription Drug Distribution in Mercer County, NJ
The penalties for prescription drug distribution vary, depending upon the amount of pills and the intent of the offender. A person who knowingly distributes 1–4 dosage units may be guilty of a disorderly persons offense, which is punishable by up to 6 months in county jail.
If a person knowingly distributed prescription drugs for pecuniary gain or possesses prescription drugs with intent to distribute them for pecuniary gain, the penalties are enhanced:
- 1–4 Dosage Units: fourth degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
- 5–99 Dosage Units: third degree felony, punishable by 3–5 years in NJ State Prison.
- 100 or More Dosage Units: second degree felony, punishable by 5–10 years in NJ State Prison.
Additionally, all drug crime convictions in New Jersey will result in driver’s license suspension for 6 months–2 years.
Defenses to a Prescription Drug Distribution Charge in Princeton
Depending upon the circumstances of your arrest, there may be a number of viable defenses to your prescription drug distribution charge. For example, if your constitutional rights were violated in any way during the police search, it might be possible for an attorney to get the evidence declared inadmissible in court.
Additionally, it is an affirmative defense to a prescription drug charge that violation was a de minimis offense. This means that the infraction was harmless and should not result in the most severe punishments. If you were legally prescribed the medication and then gave a few pills to a friend or relative who desperately needed them, it might be possible for an attorney to get your charges dismissed.
Contact a Princeton Prescription Drug Attorney
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson provides personalized attention to each and every client. If you have been accused of prescription drug distribution in New Jersey, you can count on us to do whatever it takes to win your case. Call us now to discuss your charges, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Pennington or Trenton.