New Jersey Prescription Drug Crimes Lawyer – Call or Click for a Free Consultation
Whether you are a patient, physician, physician assistant, pharmacist or none of the above, being charged with unlawful possession or distribution of prescription medications can have life-changing consequences. All prescription drug crimes carry fines and jail time in New Jersey, and crimes such as prescription forgery and prescription drug fraud carry the potential for years behind bars. Prescription drug crime investigations are frequently misguided, and defendants will often have a variety of defenses available; but, in order to protect yourself to the greatest extent possible, it is important that you discuss your case with an attorney right away.
New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Scott Gorman
Scott Gorman is a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who has years of experience representing clients charged with prescription medication crimes and other drug-related offenses. Having represented hundreds of clients in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey, he is intimately familiar with the laws, strategies and legal procedures involved in presenting a successful defense. While the outcome of a criminal case is never guaranteed, Scott has a proven record of securing favorable results for his clients, and clients statewide trust him in their times of need.
Prescription Drug Crimes in New Jersey
Prescription medications are subject to numerous regulations at the state and federal levels, and individuals charged with prescription drug crimes can face charges state prosecutors and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Scott represents clients charged with all state and federal prescription drug offenses, including:
- Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs – Possessing a prescription medication without a valid prescription or medical purpose is minimally a disorderly persons offense; and, if arrested with four or more dosage units, you can be charged with a fourth-degree indictable offense.
- Unlawful Use of Prescription Drugs – Unlawful use of a prescription medication is a disorderly persons offense. If found guilty of being under the influence, you can face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
- Unlawful Distribution of Prescription Drugs – Unlawful distribution is a serious crime that can be charged as high as a second-degree indictable offense (in cases involving 100 or more dosage units). Distributing five to 100 dosage units is a third-degree indictable offense, while distributing four or less dosage units can be charged as either a fourth-degree crime or disorderly persons offense.
- Prescription Drug Fraud – At the state level, prescription drug fraud is a third-degree indictable offense carrying the potential for three to five years of imprisonment and a $50,000 fine. Federal prescription drug fraud offenses carry even greater fines and terms of imprisonment.
- Prescription Forgery – Similar to prescription drug fraud, prescription forgery is a third-degree indictable offense under New Jersey law. At the federal level, prescription forgery is considered a form of drug diversion, which is a heavily-prosecuted felony offense.
Discuss Your Prescription Drug Case in Confidence
If you would like to speak with defense attorney Scott Gorman about your prescription drug case, please contact our New Jersey law offices to schedule a free initial consultation. You can reach us by phone at (201) 379-4978, or send us your contact information and we will be in touch as soon as possible.