Hoboken NJ Prescription Fraud Defense Lawyer
Drug crimes in New Jersey have skyrocketed in recent years, and with the increase in drug crime rates, related offenses such as prescription fraud have also increased. What many people do not fully understand is that the police, doctors and pharmacies are well aware of the prevalence of prescription fraud and will often work together to prevent it. Often times the pharmacy technician will become suspicious of the prescription and contact the doctor’s office to validate it. If the prescription turns out to be fraudulent, instead of turning you away, the pharmacies will often times secretly call the cops and pretend nothing is wrong while you wait for the prescription to be processed. Once arrested, you will be charged with a third degree indictable crime for Prescription Fraud under 2C:35-13. If convicted, you could face 3 – 5 years in state prison for each third degree charge. An experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the court system can be vital when it comes to a dismissal vs. a conviction or prison vs. probation. At Proetta & Oliver, our attorneys are experienced in handling prescription fraud charges and we are often able to help our clients secure a successful outcome by obtaining a remand, downgrade or even a dismissal through Pre-Trial Intervention. Our law firm represents individuals throughout New Jersey including North Bergen, Kearny, Newark, Jersey City, Bloomfield, and Bayonne. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact our Jersey City office today to speak with an experienced prescription fraud attorney at (201) 793-8018.
Obtaining Drugs by Fraud: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13
The New Jersey statute for obtaining prescription drugs by fraud is listed below, in pertinent part, for your reading convenience.
- 2C:35-13. Obtaining Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud
It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire or obtain possession of a forged or fraudulent certificate of destruction required pursuant to N.J.S.2C:35-21. A violation of this section shall be a crime of the third degree except that, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:43-3, a fine of up to $50,000.00 may be imposed. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to preclude or limit a prosecution for theft as defined in chapter 20 of this title.
Prescription Fraud – Prosecuted in Superior Court
All indictable offenses will be heard in the Superior Courthouse of the county in which they took place. For example, if the offense took place in Hoboken, the case would be sent to Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City and handled by the County Prosecutor’s Office. It is common for clients in these cases to have ancillary charges as well such as Forgery and Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs. If our law firm handles your case, we will use a combination of aggressive defense strategies and skillful negotiation tactics to seek a successful resolution. If you would to speak with an experienced prescription fraud defense lawyer about your charges contact our Jersey City office at (201) 793-8018. Our law firm represents clients through New Jersey including Union City, Montclair, Harrison, Hoboken, Secaucus, Weehawken, and West New York.