Percocet is the brand name of a prescription drug that is prescribed for pain. The drug is composed of oxycodone and paracetamol. These are mixed in different percentages depending on the prescription and the patient’s need. Due to its oxycodone components, the drug is considered to be addictive and can be habit forming.
Thus, the main concern with Percocet is a tendency for persons to become dependent on the drug for daily use. In some cases, Percocet is often used illegally for recreational purposes, which can also lead to addiction. In turn, this has led to an increase in Percocet related crimes as users seek to get a hold of the substance.
Street names for Percocet include Blue Dynamite, “Percs”, and Paulas.
Due to its demand as a street drug, Percocet is often associated with very specific types of crimes. These include:
- Illegal possession of Percocet without a prescription
- Unauthorized resale of Percocet tablets
- Operations involving distribution of large amounts of Percocet
- Theft of Percocet (armed robberies of pharmacies have been reported in connection with Percocet and other oxycodone-based drugs)
- Distribution of Percocet to children or minors
- Issuing of fake, forged, or fraudulent Percocet prescriptions (by pharmacists)
Like many other types of drug crimes, Percocet-related prescription drug crimes can involve efforts by many persons. For instance, a physician may issue in a manner that abuses prescription laws. The recipient might then take their prescribed Percocet and sell it on the street or black market. These buyers may use it or resell it, and so on.
Compared to other prescription drug crimes, Percocet crime penalties can be very severe. Of course, penalties will vary by jurisdiction. Typical Percocet criminal penalties may look like:
- 3-5 years for possession of Percocet without a prescription (even for just one pill)
- Jail time and $50,000 fine for obtaining Percocet through a forged prescription
- 10 or more years, plus fines of up to $300,000 for possessing or distributing more than 100 Percocet pills
As you can see, Percocet violations can lead to some very stiff penalties. Even first-time offenders may face severe penalties. Repeat offenders will face even greater penalties. You may wish to hire a criminal lawyer if you need help dealing with any type of prescription drug crime. Your attorney can provide you with legal representation and advice during the criminal trial process.