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Oxycodone & Oxycontin

Charged With Possession or Distribution of Oxycodone in New Brunswick NJ

The New Brunswick Office of Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver defends clients charged with possession and distribution of Oxycodone (a.k.a. Oxycontin, Roxicodone, and Oxecta). This class of CDS offense is much more prevalent than years past as addiction to opiate pain medication has surged in Middlesex County. If you were arrested in New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Edison, Woodbridge or Piscataway for possessing oxycodone, we have the experience to effectively defend you at the Superior Court. To speak to a lawyer on our defense team anytime 24/7, call 732-246-7126. Initial consultations with our attorneys are free of charge so there is no reason to hesitate in contacting us.

Possession or Distribution of Prescription Drugs: Oxycodone

Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It can be prescribed as a single ingredient product but can also be combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Oxycontin is a brand name for time release single oxycodone medication. Roxicontin is the brand name for the immediate release delivery version of oxycodone. These and other varieties of this drug have proven to be very effective in reducing pain but is also highly addictive. As the demand for this form of CDS has grown, so too has illegal possession and unauthorized distribution of Oxycodone/Oxycontin/Roxicontin. Individuals have also resorted to prescription forgery and efforts to obtain CDS by fraud to acquire these opiates. The result is a black market where each of these pills sell for over $20 while costing less than $2 when obtained legally. All of these factors have led to a proliferation of possession and intent to distribute cases involving oxycodone based pharmaceuticals.

Oxycontin Possession and/or Distribution: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5

Typically, charges for illegal possession and/or distribution of Oxycontin, Roxicontin or Oxycodone are filed under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5. This statute states that:

§ 2C:35-10.5. Prescription legend drugs

a. A person who knowingly:

(1) distributes a prescription legend drug or stramonium preparation in an amount of four or fewer dosage units unless lawfully prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, veterinarian, dentist or other practitioner authorized by law to prescribe medication is a disorderly person;

(2) distributes for pecuniary gain or possesses or has under his control with intent to distribute for pecuniary gain a prescription legend drug or stramonium preparation in an amount of four or fewer dosage units unless lawfully prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, veterinarian, dentist or other practitioner authorized by law to prescribe medication is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree;

(3) distributes or possesses or has under his control with intent to distribute a prescription legend drug or stramonium preparation in an amount of at least five but fewer than 100 dosage units unless lawfully prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, veterinarian, dentist or other practitioner authorized by law to prescribe medication is guilty of a crime of the third degree. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3, a fine of up to $ 200,000 may be imposed; or

(4) distributes or possesses or has under his control with intent to distribute a prescription legend drug or stramonium preparation in an amount of 100 or more dosage units unless lawfully prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, veterinarian, dentist or other practitioner authorized by law to prescribe medication is guilty of a crime of the second degree (Degree of Offenses in New Jersey). Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3, a fine of up to $ 300,000 may be imposed.

Grading & Penalties. Possessing 100 or more doses of oxycodone for personal use or distributing this quantity of oxycontin is a second degree crime that results in a fine of up to $300,000 and 5-10 years in state prison. Possession, distribution or intent to distribute at least 5 pills but less than 100 is a third degree crime that carries penalties that include up to a $200,000 fine and up to 5 years of incarceration. Possession or distribution of four or fewer dosage units for pecuniary gain is a fourth degree crime that triggers a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison. 

New Brunswick Oxycontin Possession Lawyers

Almost all oxycontin possession cases end up at the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. The reason is because an overwhelming percentage of oxycodone based CDS offenses involve indictable crimes of the third degree or worse. The lawyers at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver are highly knowledgeable in what it takes to litigate cases at the county courthouse as former prosecutors in the venue, as well as defense attorneys with vast experience defending clients in this setting. In order to avail yourself of our skills, call our Woodbridge Office at 732-634-0700 for immediate assistance from a lawyer on our staff.