Stimulant producing drugs have been on the rise in the past two decades. Teenagers and adults alike are substituting drugs like cocaine or marijuana for “club drugs” known as Ecstacy and Molly. If you are found in possession of Ecstasy or distributing Molly, you could be facing first degree charges which carry up to 20 years in a New Jersey Prison. Drug Possession and Distribution cases require the keen eye of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your case may have issues for the Prosecutor based on an unlawful search or faulty laboratory results.
Charged with Possession of Ecstasy in Seaside Heights NJ?
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What is the Difference Between Molly, Ecstasy and MDMA?
For those unfamiliar, drugs like Molly, Ecstacy and MDMA are not the same thing. Though sometimes used interchangeably, these three names refer to slightly different products. Specifically:
MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant and hallucinogen. It produces an energizing effect, distortions in time and perception, and enhanced enjoyment from sensory experiences. It is typically the main ingredient in an Ecstacy pill or tablet.
Ecstacy is often used to refer to MDMA in the tablet or capsule form, which is the most common way people take the drug. Researchers have determined that many Ecstasy tablets contain not only MDMA at different concentrations, but also a number of other drugs or drug combinations including methamphetamine, ketamine, caffeine, ephedrine, the dextromethorphan, heroin, phencyclidine (PCP), and cocaine.
Molly commonly refers to MDMA in its pure powder form.
As you can imagine, buying Ecstacy or some other MDMA substitute carries a great deal of risk. Depending on the chemical makeup of the drug, you may be ingesting a lethal dose.
What is “Intent to Distribute”
“Intent” means a purpose to do something, a resolution to do a particular act or accomplish a certain thing. Intent is a state of mind, and it is very rare that intent is proven by witnesses who can testify that an accused said he/she had a certain intent when he/she engaged in a particular act. The intention may be gathered from a person’s acts, conduct, from all the person said and did at the particular time and place, and from all of the surrounding circumstances.
This is important to understand because prosecutors will often rely on (1) the quantity of the ecstasy, (2) its purity and (3) packaging to proof that you intended to distribute the drug even when you have not admitted to planning that act.
What are the Penalties for Possessing MDMA in NJ? Distributing?
MDMA is a schedule I drug under the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act. This means the charges involving Ecstasy or Molly will be treated the same as if they were Heroin. Obviously, this means that the penalties will be severe. Below are those penalties:
Third Degree Possession of Ecstasy/Molly: This applies to any possession of Ecstasy or Molly, the amount is irrelevant. If convicted, you will face fines up to $35,000.00, a criminal felony record, probation, possible Drug Court, community service and between 3 and 5 years in prison.
Third Degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy/Molly: If the amount of drugs involves ½ ounce or less, then you will be facing a third degree offense. The penalties include fines of up to $75,000, between 3 and 5 years in prison, a criminal felony record, probation, and community service.
Second Degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy/Molly: If the amount of drugs in your possession is between ½ ounce and 5 ounces, then your charges will be a second degree offense. Here, the fines increase to $150,000 and there is a presumption of incarceration between 5 and 10 years, as well as other ancillary penalties.
First Degree Possession of with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy/Molly: Lastly, but most seriously, are those first degree crimes where the amount of drugs involved exceed 5 ounces. A conviction for this offense carries $500,000.00 in fines, 20 years in prison and a possible period of parole ineligibility.
Additionally, if your offense occurs within 1,000 feet of a school zone, your may be facing an enhancement of your penalties. Speak with an attorney if you are facing charges for Possession with Intent to Distribute within a School Zone.
Point Pleasant MDMA Possession Attorneys
If you are facing charges for the distribution or possession of Ecstasy or any other drug for that matter like heroin, cocaine, marijuana or LSD in Stafford, Lakewood, Jackson, Toms River, Mantoloking or Brick, New Jersey, you need an attorney who will work to tirelessly to fight back against an overzealous prosecutor and police officer. Allow our firm to be your resource and call 848-238-2100 today. One of our attorneys would be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs. As you can see from reading above, these are very serious charges and the penalties if convicted, can be absolutely devastating.
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