Willingboro NJ Obtaining CDS by Fraud Lawyers
Defense Attorneys for Prescription Fraud in Burlington County, New Jersey
The prevalence of prescription drugs in our society is well-known, as is the rise of addiction to these powerful medications. When a person becomes addicted to prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, or Percocet, they can run into issues when their prescription runs out or the cost of the drug is simply too high. This often leads to other types of criminal behavior, which is why Obtaining CDS by Fraud, or Prescription Fraud, is so common in New Jersey. Unfortunately, charges for Obtaining CDS by Fraud are often issued in conjunction with other charges such as prescription forgery or theft. If you have been charged with obtaining CDS by fraud or arrested for other illegal activities related to prescription drugs in New Jersey, it is vital to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. At The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison, our highly experienced lawyers appear in courts in Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Willingboro, Evesham Township, and throughout Burlington County and South Jersey on a regular basis. With firm founder Leonard Biddison at the helm, we have earned a reputation for delivering superior results. In fact, Mr. Biddison has earned the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. To discuss your obtaining CDS by fraud charges with a defense lawyer who can help, contact our office in Collingswood at 856-427-6888 for a free consultation.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13 Obtaining CDS by Fraud in New Jersey
The New Jersey Criminal Code explains charges for Obtaining CDS by Fraud in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13. In this statute, “CDS” refers to controlled dangerous substances, and as the name indicates, the crime involves some form of fraudulent behavior that is used to obtain a drug. Specifically, the statute sets forth:
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.
Understanding Obtaining CDS by Fraud under NJ Law
A person can be charged with a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13 for engaging in “misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge” to obtain some controlled dangerous substance. There are a host of examples of this kind of conduct but some that occur more frequently in these cases. For example, people often use forged prescriptions (meaning fake prescriptions that are made to look real or prescriptions that have forged doctors’ signatures). Also, sometimes a person will alter an existing prescription to refer to a different type of drug, to increase the quantity included in the prescription, the number of refills, the dosage, etc. Another common form of prescription fraud occurs when someone impersonates a doctor or doctor’s office to call a pharmacist and place an order. Lastly, an individual can pretend to be a patient who has a valid prescription to obtain their medication.
Penalties for Prescription Fraud in New Jersey
As indicated above, obtaining CDS by fraud is a third degree crime in New Jersey. A third degree crime is an indictable offense, also known as a felony. This degree of offense is punishable by between 3 and 5 years in NJ State Prison. Typically, third degree crimes entail a maximum fine of $15,000. However, obtaining CDS by fraud has a much higher maximum fine of $50,000 which may be imposed upon conviction. Notably, third degree crimes have a presumption of non-incarceration for first-time offenders in New Jersey. Due to this presumption, defendants with no prior criminal record are often able to have their charges dismissed by successfully completing the Pretrial Intervention Program.
Speak with a Mount Holly NJ Obtain CDS by Fraud Attorney Today
If you have been arrested for an obtaining CDS by fraud offense in South Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison for a free consultation about your case. With several offices in the area, we serve clients in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Atlantic County, are we are happy to schedule an appointment near you. Simply call (856) 427-6888 today to learn more about your prescription fraud charges and begin building your best defense.