If you commit prescription fraud in New Jersey, it is likely to be an indictable offense. That means that your case can go to a jury trial and that you can face serious punishments for your alleged crimes. If you are accused of prescription fraud, you cannot just simply hope that the charges get dropped and that this problem will just go away. You need to talk to an experienced Bergen County theft attorney who can help you fight back against these accusations.
Can I Go to Jail for Prescription Fraud?
You can end up in jail if you are convicted of prescription fraud. Defendants who are accused of forging a prescription could end up spending three to five years in jail. In some cases you can also be charged with multiple crimes, increasing the severity of your punishment. If you want to stay out of prison, our law firm may be able to help.
What Are the Other Punishments for Prescription Fraud in NJ?
Jail time is not the only consequence. Accusations of prescription fraud can also result in hefty fines and other punishments.
- Forging a prescription can result in fines of up to $15,000
- The theft of a prescription pad can be punished with fines of more than $100,000
- A conviction of prescription fraud can sometimes be punished with a suspension of a driver’s license in addition to fines and jail time
A conviction for prescription fraud can ruin you financially and put you behind bars. You need to take any charges seriously.
What Does the Prosecution Need to Show in a Prescription Fraud Case?
In order to build a convincing case, the prosecutor must show that:
- You had a controlled substance
- This controlled substance is on New Jersey’s schedules of controlled dangerous substances
- You committed fraud or deception to obtain this controlled substance.
An attorney from our firm can poke holes in this case and make it difficult to prove any of these things beyond a reasonable doubt.
Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
It can be extremely difficult to defend yourself from such accusations on your own. The state and the prosecution have so many resources on their side, and they are going to do everything that they can to show that charging you with a crime was a good use of the court’s time.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you though. If you are eligible for pre-trial intervention, a program that can help drug offenders with no previous record, we can help you avoid fraud charges. We can also help you plead down and accept lesser charges and punishments if necessary. Your attorney can advocate for you at every stage of the legal process and help you fight for the best possible outcome.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
If you have been charged with prescription fraud, do not wait to act. Contact the Law Office of Attorney Conway today. We can tell you more about your legal options and how we can be of assistance.