New Jersey Ecstasy Possession Defense Lawyer
Ecstasy facts reflect that the drug has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among young people who frequent club scenes or raves. Thus, it is only natural that a rise in ecstasy use has led to an increase in charges for possession and distribution of ecstasy. I am Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey defense lawyer and former prosecutor, and I have over 35 years of experience making sure that my clients mistakes don't destroy their lives. If you have been arrested, charged or indicted for possessing or distributing ecstasy in New Jersey, I strongly recommend that you contact a knowledgeable and experienced attorney immediately who will protect your rights, your freedom and your reputation.
I am a former county and municipal court prosecutor, I know how the prosecution works and I have the knowledge of what defenses are most effective in your ecstasy charge. CALL FOR A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION 1-866-664-8118 by phone or in person
The law firm of Palumbo & Renaud defends individuals charged with drug crimes throughout New Jersey in Middlesex County, Essex County, Hudson County, and Union County including the towns of Elizabeth, Cranford, Linden, Westfield, Clark, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Plainfield, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Garwood.
Possession of Ecstasy
Possession of Ecstasy in New Jersey is a third degree crime that carries penalties of 3 to 5 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. There are many ways to approach a defense, and the best way depends on the particular facts of the case. Your case may warrant aggressive litigation, or a smooth negotiation to reduce charges and penalties. I love to win and won't settle unless it's necessary, but when it is, I excel at eliminating prison time for my clients and seriously reducing fines in drug cases.
Distribution of Ecstasy
In New Jersey, the penalties for distribution of ecstasy are also the same for distribution of cocaine and heroine. Ecstasy pills are usually a combination of a drug called MDMA mixed with small amounts of heroine and/or cocaine. Like all drugs, penalties depend on the quantity involved. Take a look at the chart below to determine the applicable penalties.
For 5 ounces or more:
1st degree crime, carrying 10 to 20 years in prison, and up to $500,000 in fines
For under 5 grams but more than ½ of an ounce:
2nd degree crime, carrying 5 to 10 years in prison
For less than ½ of an ounce:
3rd degree crime, carrying 3 to 5 years in prison, and up to $75,000 in fines
In addition to the penalties above, a conviction of distribution of ecstasy carries a minimum parole ineligibility period of between one-third and one-half the sentence so that if a person is sentenced to 10 years in prison, that individual must serve 3 to 5 years before becoming eligible for parole. Further, a penalty of $500,000 may be imposed in addition to the penalties fines in the chart above.
Hiring a Drug Defense Lawyer
Choosing a drug defense lawyer is a big decision that can easily impact the rest of your life. Contact me today at Palumbo & Renaud, and we can discuss your case, and all available options of relief. My experiences as a former county and municipal prosecutor, allow me to give you an honest assessment of the likely outcome of your case and build a solid defense against your charge. With over 35 years of experience, I can ensure that I will obtain the best possible outcome.
Contact me today for a free consultation at 1-866-664-8118, anytime day or night, consultation by phone or in person. For more information of drug penalties in New Jersey, return to my Drug Distribution Homepage or visit one of my other drug pages.