Oxycodone, also commonly referred to by the brand name OxyContin, is a
synthesized opiate that is commonly prescribed to treat extreme pain.
It is also frequently given to patients in tablet form under the names
Percocet and Percodan. While the drug was initially developed to be a
less addictive form of traditional morphine, time has proven that oxycodone
is just as addictive as its opiate derivative and abuse of this drug has
become quite common. As reported by the Center for Disease Control, in
2010 more than 16,600 people died of overdoses related to oxycodone and
other synthetic opiates.
Due to its dangers, possession of this drug without a valid prescription
is strictly prohibited in several states. Oxycodone has been classified
as a federally controlled Schedule II drug, imposing strict manufacturing
and distribution guidelines for pharmaceutical companies.
Penalties for Possession of Oxycodone in New York
In New York, a conviction for possession of oxycodone can lead to a laundry
list of different penalties. Depending on the amount that is found on
your person at the time of arrest, you may be subject to exorbitant fines
and even a prison term.
At minimum, oxycodone possession charges can bring the following consequences:
- Steep Fines
- Community service
- Mandatory participation in a drug abuse treatment program
Possession of small amounts can result in a prison sentence of up to 1
year, while larger amounts can lengthen the prison time. If you are also
charged with intent to distribute, the penalties will be much more serious.
Along with a felony charge, you could face up to 20 years in prison and
$5 million in fines. Finally, if someone dies due to your selling of oxycodone,
life in prison may be imposed.
If you have been arrested for possession of oxycodone, it is imperative
that you contact a New York City
criminal defense attorney from Law Offices of Daniel A. Hochheiser at once. Our lawyers are
well equipped to handle various
drug crimes and can seek to have your charges dropped. Our attorneys are available
24/7 to discuss your case with you.
Protect your future - call our office today at (800) 813-9069.