Many people in New Jersey either knowingly or unknowingly hold stereotypes in their minds about the types of people who might be charged with drug crimes. In general the stereotypical drug crime defendant might be part of a gang, potentially unemployed or employed in a low-wage position and may even have a prior criminal record related to other types of offenses. However, the reality is that many people who have legal access to obtain or prescribe controlled substances may also be accused of criminal activity related to those substances.
One example can be seen in a case in which a physician in Passaic County was recently indicted by a grand jury. The charges involve both the doctor and his wife who worked at his medical practice. Together, the man and his wife are accused of providing prescriptions for oxycodone to people known to be dealing the drug or even addicted to it personally. One 26-year-old man died after taking oxycodone prescribed by the doctor.
Records allege that the physician's medical records were insufficient and in many cases lacked proper justification for prescriptions written. This includes not having a proper plan for patient care associated with the prescribing of narcotics. Additionally, it is alleged that the couple did not file federal income tax for two years and also laundered money.
Many facts must be uncovered and reviewed in complex criminal cases like the above. When facing such charges, it may be helpful for defendants to review their situations with an experienced lawyer to know how to proceed.
Source: N.J.com, "N.J. doctor charged in opiod overdose death of patient," S.P. Sullivan, March 2, 2017