Little Falls NJ Prescription Drug Charges Defense Attorney

Prescription Drug Crime Defense Lawyer in Passaic County, New Jersey

Alissa D. Hascup, skilled criminal defense lawyer, represents clients who have been charged with serious criminal offenses – robbery, aggravated assault, witness tampering, and weapons offenses – throughout New Jersey, including Clifton, Wayne, Paterson, Totowa, and Little Falls.

She has successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). Ms. Hascup is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General who handled a variety of serious drug-related cases during the course of her distinguished career. She knows what it takes for the state to prove a drug case beyond a reasonable doubt – and will use that knowledge to defend, and potentially beat, the charges filed against you.

Being charged with any drug offense, including a crime related to prescription drugs, can have serious consequences. Having an aggressive, experienced defense lawyer to guide you through the legal process is invaluable. Ms. Hascup is prepared to attack the state’s case and put you in a position to achieve the best possible result.

Contact her for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.

Prescription Drug Possession and Distribution in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5

All crimes related to the Possession, Possession With Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Prescription Drugs are addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, which sets forth:

a. A person who knowingly:

1. distributes (sells) a prescription drug in an amount of four or fewer units (pills) is a disorderly person;
2. distributes (sells) OR possesses with intent to distribute a prescription drug in an amount of four or fewer units (pills) is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree;
3. distributes (sells) OR possesses with intent to distribute a prescription drug in an amount of at least five but fewer than 100 units (pills) is guilty of a crime of the third degree;
NOTE: A fine of up to $200,000 may be imposed for a conviction under this subsection
4. distributes (sells) OR possesses with intent to distribute a prescription drug in an amount of 100 or more units (pills) is guilty of a crime of the second degree.
NOTE: A fine of up to $300,000 may be imposed for a conviction under this subsection

b. A person who uses any prescription drug other than as prescribed is a disorderly person.

c. A defendant may be convicted for a violation of subsection b. if he manifests symptoms or reactions caused by the use of ANY prescription drug.

d. A person who obtains or attempts to obtain possession of a prescription drug by forgery or deception is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

e. A person who knowingly possesses, actually or constructively:

  1. a prescription drug in an amount of four or fewer units (pills) is a disorderly person;
  2. a prescription drug in an amount of five or more units (pills) is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

New Jersey Prescription Drug Offense Penalties

A crime of the Second Degree is punishable by a period of incarceration between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. There are also mandatory financial penalties associated with a Second Degree drug conviction, including a $2,000 Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) penalty and a $50 laboratory fee.

A crime of the Third Degree is punishable by a period of incarceration between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. There are also mandatory financial penalties associated with a Third Degree drug conviction, including a $1,000 DEDR penalty and a $50 laboratory fee.

A crime of the Fourth Degree is punishably by a period of incarceration of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison. There are also mandatory financial penalties associated with a Fourth Degree drug conviction, including a $750 DEDR penalty and a $50 laboratory fee.

A disorderly persons offense is not considered a “crime” in the State of New Jersey, but is still punishable by a period of up to 6 months in the county jail. There are also mandatory financial penalties associated with a disorderly persons drug conviction, including a $500 DEDR penalty and a $50 laboratory fee.

Contact a Clifton NJ Prescription Drug Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you are facing charges for Possessing, Possessing With the Intent to Distribute, or Distribution of Prescription Drugs, there can be serious consequences associated with a conviction, including jail time and hefty fines. Don’t delay in hiring legal representation. Protect your freedom and your rights.

Alissa D. Hascup is available anytime to discuss your case. Contact her today to schedule a free consultation about your charges.

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If you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you want a battle-tested, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Alissa D. Hascup will protect your rights and your freedom. She is highly skilled and highly motivated and puts clients first – always.

Please contact Ms. Hascup’s office today to request a free initial consultation about your charges. She will review the facts of your case, answer your questions and tell you how she can help get your charges significantly reduced or even dismissed.

With offices in Paterson, Newark and Hackensack, Ms. Hascup can be reached 24/7 and offers nights and weekend appointments as well as flexible payment options.

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In Passaic County, including Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, Passaic, West Milford, Hawthorne, Little Falls, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Woodland Park, Wanaque, Totowa, North Haledon, Haledon, Bloomingdale, and Prospect Park and in Essex County, including Newark, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Irvington, Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, Nutley, Maplewood, Millburn, Verona, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, Glen Ridge, Fairfield, and Roseland.