Prescription Drug Theft
Charged With Stealing Prescription Drugs in New Jersey? Our New Jersey Prescription Drug Defense Lawyers Can Help.
Theft charges are fairly common in a New Jersey prescription drug case. Whether you are a nurse, a pharmacist or a pharmacist technician, a hospital worker or just someone who was able to fill a fraudulent prescription, an offense for theft by deception or for theft by unlawful taking can cause serious problems. First and foremost, it results in a criminal record that can impact your ability to obtain a job, maintain a professional license or avoid deportation. A conviction also carries serious penalties that includes jail or state prison. It is therefore clearly in your best interests to hire a highly skilled drug offense defense attorney if you have been charged with prescription theft.
The New Jersey drug lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have the credentials you need to ensure you have every chance of avoiding a conviction. We are a team of eight defense attorney, most of whom are former prosecutors, that have been practicing in courts throughout the state for over 100 years. If you were arrested in Monmouth County, Union County, Mercer County, Ocean County, Middlesex County or another jurisdiction, you can rely upon our attorneys to effectively battle on your behalf to obtain a favorable outcome to your prescription theft offense. You can contact our firm around the clock for a free consultation with a lawyer on our staff. Call 877-450-8301 to get your questions and concerns addressed immediately.
Prescription Theft Charges in New Jersey
Two types of theft offense are typically encountered in prescription drug cases – theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, an individual commits theft by deception if they: (1) create or reinforce a false impression to wrongfully acquire prescription drugs; (2) prevent a pharmacy, doctors office or some other individual or entity from acquiring information to realize they are being deceived in order to obtain prescription drugs; or (3) fail to correct a false impression created which they created in order to receive prescription legend drugs.
The second variety of theft offense encountered in the prescription drug realm is theft by unlawful taking or movable property under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. This charge arises when someone takes or exercises control over property of another person or entity in order to deprive the true owner of the benefit of the property. This violation is directed at instances where no deception or fraud is utilize to steal prescription drugs.
Penalties for Prescription Theft. If the value of the prescription drugs is $75,000, the theft is a second degree crime that carries a prison term of 5-10 years and a fine of up to $150,000. A third degree crime arises where the theft involves property with a value of at least $500 but less than $75,000, with the resulting penalties being up to 5 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. It is a fourth degree crime to commit a theft involving prescriptions with a value of at least $200 but less than $500. The penalties for fourth degree theft include a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison.
New Jersey Prescription Theft Defense Lawyers
Theft is another in a number of charges that someone can face in the prescription drug arena. Our team includes defense lawyers who have successfully defended many theft by deception, theft of movable property, theft by unlawful taking and other prescription drug charges over the years. Retaining an attorney with the know how to mount a potent defense to a prescription theft charge is pivotal for anyone seeking to avert a criminal record and penalties. This is precisely what the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can facilitate in defending your Passaic County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Camden County or Somerset County case. Call us at 877-450-8301 to speak to a lawyer with the knowledge and skill you need.