About Charges of Possession of Ecstasy or Possession With Intent to Distribute Ecstasy
Our Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Will Work Hard To Get Alternatives to Jail for New Jersey Drug Convictions
At Clark & Clark we have been extremely successful in winning drug possession cases at trial, obtaining probationary terms rather than jail sentences for our clients even when they have extensive criminal records, or convincing the Prosecutor’s Office to dismiss the charges if a co-defendant has taken responsibility for the drug in question. In some cases, we are able to get the charges downgraded to a Disorderly persons offense or assist our client’s in applying to drug court as an alternative to jail.
Penalties for Possession, Distributing or Selling Ecstasy
The penalties for possession of a drug vary according to the type of drug and the amount of the drug in your possession. Possessing larger quantities of a drug can lead to charges of possession with intent to distribute. And, drugs, like Ecstasy, that have a high potential for abuse carry stiffer penalties.
Penalties for Drug Related Charges Involving Ecstasy
|Amount of Ecstasy||Crime Degree||Penalties|
|1/2 ounce or less||3rd Degree Crime||3-5 years in prison, and up to $75,000 in fines|
|Under 5 grams but more than 1/2 ounce||2nd Degree Crime||5-10 years in prison|
|5 ounces or more||1st Degree Crime||10-20 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines|
If you are convicted of distribution of ecstasy, in addition to the above penalties, you will be ineligible for parole between a period one-third and one-half of the sentence. You may also be required to pay up to $500,000 in additional fines.
What is MDMA, aka Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is just one of many street names for the “club drug” 3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA.) Ecstasy is a man-made psychoactive drug with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties in the phenethylamine and amphetamine families.
MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by Merck and was intended to help suppress bleeding. MDMA, “Ecstasy,” was legal in the U.S. until 1985 when it became classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. MDMA was briefly used as a treatment option in psychotherapy, particularly for people who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. In the 1980s, the drug became popular for “street” use resulting in many deaths, and an increase in drug-related crimes and gang activity.
Street names for MDMA include: Adam, Designer Drug, Disco Biscuits, Ecstasy, Hug Drug, the Love Drug, Rills, and XTC.
Why You Need an Experienced Trial Lawyer
Many attorneys take drug crime related cases, but it is estimated that more than 90% of all drug cases do not go to trial because most offenders simply plead guilty.
Our attorneys never just accept a plea bargain unless it is in your best interest and you are satisfied with the resolution. We strive for a verdict in your favor in each and every case.
Our attorneys have 30 years of combined criminal trial experience. As former prosecutors, we have served in trial units where drug crimes comprised the majority of our cases. This experience allows us to see every case from the prosecution’s perspective. We know when evidence is weak, flawed, or missing and we know how to challenge a criminal drug case presented against you, effectively prepare for trial and negotiate when necessary.
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Our criminal defense trial lawyers have the skill and experience to investigate your case, challenge the evidence, and advise you on a course of action that is best for you. Whether we are seeking a dismissal, negotiating the best plea deal available or defending your legal rights at a trial, we understand the system and how to make it best work for you.
If you have been charged with any type of drug crime in New Jersey contact the law firm of Clark & Clark immediately for a free consultation at 732-303-7857.
For even more in-depth information about drugs, and drug crimes in New Jersey visit our New Jersey Drug Information website.