New Jersey Prescription Drug Lawyers

Prescription Drug Charges

One mistake could change the rest of your life. If you or a loved one was arrested on prescription drug charges in New Jersey, your whole future could now be called into question. Will you have to serve jail time? What will your criminal record look like?  You probably have many concerns over how the case proceeds and what the criminal justice system is like in New Jersey. Don’t worry. You don’t have to go it alone.

Aiello Harris Abate, Law Group PC offers hard-hitting, aggressive representation for those arrested on controlled drug and prescription drug charges. We create the most effective defense possible to help minimize the negative effect a drug conviction could have on your life.

Controlled and Prescription Drug Charges in New Jersey

Illegal narcotics in New Jersey are frequently classified as “controlled substances.” The law breaks them into five “Schedules” – these are classes based on how dangerous the drugs are perceived to be. Schedule I substances – including heroin – are regarded as having the highest potential for abuse, addiction, and harm to the user and the community. As the list moves down from Schedule II to V, the drugs are considered less harmful, and therefore the punishments are less severe.

Aiello Harris Abate, Law Group PC has helped countless people just like you fight Schedule I-V class substance charges. We take an innovative approach to the law, using our legal knowledge and tough negotiation skills to successfully resolve your case. We help clients charged with infractions involving heroin, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, and more.

Penalties for controlled substance possession and distribution

The penalties imposed by the courts for drug charges depend on the circumstances surrounding the arrest:

  • Were you using the substances?
  • What quantity of drugs were you found with?
  • Were you selling the substances?
  • Were you located in a school zone with illegal drugs?
  • What schedule of drugs were you found with?
  • Were you growing or cultivating the substances?

The penalties you face after an arrest could be as minor as a fine – or you could face multiple years in prison. Our attorneys help reduce or dismiss your drug charges, opting for alternative punishments such as probation, drug and alcohol treatment, a reduced fine, or community service in place of harsher punishments. Whether you are looking at a misdemeanor or felony, the New Jersey drug crimes lawyers are Aiello, Harris, Abate are ready to fight for you.

New Jersey’s prescription drug laws and charges

As prescription drug use and abuse becomes more and more prevalent, New Jersey law enforcement cracks down harder and harder on offenders. Since certain prescription drugs – such as Morphone, Xanax, Oxycontin, and Adderall – are powerful, they are often difficult to obtain without a valid prescription. If you or a loved one if facing prescription drug charges in New Jersey, contact one of our attorneys right away.

Your charges often depend on a) how you obtained the drugs b) whether you were using and/or selling the drugs. Let our NJ lawyers walk you through what charges you may face.

Prescription drug fraud or forgery

If you or the person charged possession of a prescription drug by “misrepresentation, prescription drug fraud charges, forgery, deception, or subterfuge,” you could be looking at prescription drug fraud or forgery charges. This means the Defendant may be accused of misrepresenting him or herself to a doctor or pharmacist, forging a doctor’s signature on a prescription, or other related offense.


Being arrested on possession of prescription drugs means you were found holding the substances without having a valid prescription from a doctor. Generally, it is presumed you are using the drugs for recreational use.


A drug distribution charge means the police believe you were selling prescription drugs illegally for a profit. The severity of your particular charges depend on such facts as whether or not you were in a school zone, the amount of drugs found in your possession, and whether you were actually caught in the acting of selling. In some cases, you might be charged with “intent to distribute.”

To learn more about your specific charges and how you can fight them, speak with a New Jersey drug crimes lawyer today.

Countact our New Jersey prescription drug lawyers

For decades, Aiello Harris Abate, Law Group PC has been one of the premier criminal defense law firms in NJ From our multiple office locations, we serve clients throughout the state of New Jersey.  To arrange a consultation for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, call us today at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online.  We will come to you or you can schedule an appointment at one of our offices in WoodbridgeWatchung or Lyndhurst NJ.