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Attorney John Marshall Defends Pharmaceutical Drug Charges in New Jersey


Six million Americans are abusing prescription drugs; thatís more than the number of Americans abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenics, and inhalants combined (source: Drug Enforcement Agency). Illegal use of prescription drugs is a problem which is becoming more and more common. Prescription drug theft, forgery and fraud is a growing epidemic that does not limit itself to the poor or streets.

The addictive nature of painkillers, opiates and psychotropic medication has spread like wild fire through upscale communities and has even devastated the nationís most elite Hollywood celebrities. Legitimate use of prescription drugs can wreak havoc on seemingly innocent individuals.

Pharmaceuticals are considered Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) under New Jersey Law and may only be possessed or distributed as dictated by law. An arrest could be made if an individual even transports legal prescription pills outside of the original bottle. The individual may be charged or indicted for a criminal offense if he or she cannot prove that the prescription was rightfully and legally prescribed to them. An arrest and conviction for illegal possession, distribution or fraudulent use of prescription drugs involves significant penalties including jail time and fines of up to $300,000.

The attorneys of John F. Marshall understand these complex laws and routinely formulate strategies which successfully achieve the best possible outcome. These are serious and potentially life-changing charges that require careful planning and skillfully executed defense strategies. Our defense lawyers have the kno- how to handle these cases and would be happy to put their skill to work for you. In fact, within the last sixty days, the attorneys at the Law Offices have gone so far as to have two separate prescription forgery cases remanded to municipal court, despite the fact that the related charge was actually a third degree indictable offense. The criminal defense attorneys of John F Marshall were actually able to obtain a dismissal of one of the cases despite the fact that the client provided a full confession.

Individuals arrested or under suspicion for prescription fraud, forgery and theft can find additional information by visiting

The Law Offices of John F. Marshall not only represent and defend individuals charged with prescription drug offenses; the criminal law team also handles cases for medical professionals, including nurses. New Jersey has the highest concentration of pharmaceutical and chemical firms in the country. Doctor shopping, prescription forgery, and organized script rings remain the prevalent source of diverted legitimate pharmaceutical drugs in the New Jersey Division. In many instances doctors and medical professionals can find themselves faced with unwarranted charges of prescription fraud or forgery. The attorneys at John F. Marshall are experienced in defending these allegations to the fullest extent.

Information on New Jersey laws regarding prescription fraud, prescription forgery and Prescription Drug Possession/Prescription Drug Distribution can be found online at

Anyone facing charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs should immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The Law Offices of John F. Marshall are available for free consultations to anyone facing charges related to prescription drug offenses. Mr. Marshall advises anyone who has been arrested for any crime to exercise their right to remain silent and not speak with anyone until they have spoken with a criminal defense attorney. The first immediate hours after an arrest are crucial in crafting a successful defense.

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