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Were you accused of a prescription drug crime?

Prescription drugs may only be possessed and consumed by those with a valid prescription from their medical provider. Anyone else who is using or in possession of these drugs could find themselves in serious trouble with the law. Prescription drug users may also get in trouble if they give or sell their drugs to friends.

Let's take a look at a few things that every New Jersey resident should know about prescription drugs in order to stay out of trouble.

Police are cracking down on pain medication abuse

State and federal law enforcement officials have been taking great pains to crack down on opioid-derived pain medication abuse. There are numerous individuals, who -- due to no fault of their own -- have become terribly addicted to opiod-based pain medications such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and other drugs. These individuals might go to special doctors known to distribute such drugs illegally. Or they might do "doctor shopping, " by going to multiple doctors at the same time to get multiple prescriptions.

All of this activity is unlawful. Doctors and patients alike could find themselves accused of serious drug crimes if they try to sell or obtain prescriptions unlawfully like this.

Unlawful distribution and possession of prescription medication

Police and prosecutors in New Jersey are on a constant lookout for anyone whose possession, distribution or use of prescription drugs is questionable. Police, for example, will scan the interior of vehicles when pulling someone over for speeding to look for pills that could be lying around. If they see a suspicious pill, the police will have probable cause to conduct an immediate search for more prescription drugs.

Just because pills are in a prescription bottle does not mean that police will overlook them. They will likely investigate the date of the prescription, the name on the prescription and what kinds of pills are actually found inside. Anything that looks suspicious could result in an immediate arrest.

Being accused does not mean you're guilty

Numerous prescription drug crime allegations arise because individuals forgot their appropriately-labeled bottle that lists their name and prescription. Other cases of mistaken identity can also happen. Ultimately, no matter what kind of prescription drug crime for which you and accused, you have the right to a robust criminal defense. Be sure to fully understand the nature of your criminal allegations, the laws regarding the charges and the potential punishments you could face before moving forward with your defense.

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