The holidays mean spending time with family, and spending time with family can sometimes be stressful. Between backhanded compliments from your mother-in-law (“Oh, are you still doing that freelancing thing? I guess it’s good to have a hobby while you’re not working.”), Uncle Ira’s endless war stories, and Cousin Sydney bragging about his latest business endeavor, it’s understandable that you may need something to take the edge off.
Anxiety disorders affect about 18% of all Americans, and anxiety medications, such as Zoloft or Xanax, are some of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the nation. So there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need to pop one or two before heading out to see the family. But can there be legal consequences to taking too many?
Any kind of anxiety medication can be taken with a legal prescription. Technically, it is not a crime to take more than the prescribed dosage, although that is dangerous for many other reasons. Where you could run into serious trouble is by taking medicine without a legal prescription. In this case, there are several difference types of charges you could be facing.
In New Jersey, a person caught with stolen prescription drug pads is usually charged with three crimes: theft of prescription drug pads, prescription drug forgery, and prescription drug fraud. All three crimes are typically filed together and count as third-degree crimes, each of which may result in up to 5 years in jail and fines exceeding $100,000.
If you are found to have four or fewer units of a prescription drug on you without a valid prescription, you can be charged with a disorderly persons offense, which can lead to up to six months in jail. Should you be suspected of intending to distribute or sell such quantities means facing up to 18 months in prison and fines of up to $10,000. If you are caught with at least five but fewer than 100 units and intend to distribute, you could be facing up to $200,000 in fines and a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years.
It should go without saying that you should only take prescription medication under the guidance of a medical professional. In addition, no matter how much you dislike your mother-in-law, be sure to only take the prescribed dosage. Most kinds of anxiety medication can be habit forming when taken improperly.
Any kind of prescription drug offense in New Jersey can carry serious consequences. If you or a loved one has been for drug related crimes or for any other criminal offense in New Jersey, contact an attorney for help. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are skilled criminal defense attorneys with experience helping people in similar situations. Email the Rosenblum Law Firm or call 888-979-7551 today for a free consultation about your case.