A health care professional or their agent who tampers with a prescription drug prescribed for a patient in New Jersey will face a second degree charge under N.J.S.A. 2C:40-17(b), Tampering (Prescription Drugs) that could lead to a prison sentence as long as 10 years.
Even worse, the law requires that any sentence for Tampering (Prescription Drugs) include a term of imprisonment, so there’s no chance that you’ll be able to negotiate an entirely non-custodial sentence.
Penalties for conviction under 2C:40-17(b) include a prison sentence of five to 10 years and fines up to $150,000.
You’ll also almost certainly find your license to practice medicine or pharmacology in New Jersey revoked, and of course, you’ll have a felony record potentially for the rest of your life. It’s a dire situation to find yourself in.
If you’ve been charged with Tampering (Prescription Drugs) in New Jersey, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-385-3339 and talk to a lawyer for free.