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Ecstasy & LSD Charges
New Brunswick NJ Drug Possession Defense Attorneys
If you have been charged with possession or distribution of either ecstasy or lsd (i.e. lysergic acid diethylamide), the experienced criminal lawyers at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver can help. Our skilled attorneys, many of whom are former prosecutors, represent individuals arrested on drug charges throughout Middlesex County including New Brunswick, Piscataway, North Brunswick, Edison and East Brunswick. The defense team at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver has over 100 years of collective experience with time recently served in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. To speak to a lawyer on our staff anytime 24/7, call our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126 for a free consultation.
Middlesex County CDS Defense Lawyers: Ecstasy & LSD Offenses
LSD/lysergic acid diethylamide and Ecstasy/3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamineis are Schedule I controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”), making them among the most dangerous drugs in terms of Federal and State Law. This is probably the biggest reason why the penalties are so stiff for anyone who is convicted for personal possession of these drugs or, worse yet, selling/distributing them. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 makes it illegal for “any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively” any quantity of LSD. The same is the case with respect to Ecstasy. A conviction for this violation is a third degree crime which is a felony. The penalties at sentencing include up to five (5) years in state prison and an enhanced maximum fine of $35,000. Individuals found guilty of possessing either controlled dangerous substance are also subject to a driver’s license suspension of 6-24 months.
LSD and Ecstasy cases are even more serious when they involve allegations of distribution. Selling, distributing or possessing with intent to distribute 100 milligrams or more of LSD is a first degree crime, the highest grade of offense an individual can face under the New Jersey Criminal Code. Distribution of less than 100 milligrams is a second degree crime. In terms of the grading for distribution of Ecstasy, it is first degree crime when the quantity involved is more than five (5) ounces, a second crime when the weight is at least one-half ounce but less than five (5) ounces and a third degree crime where possession with intent involves less than one-half ounce.
Penalties. First degree distribution results in maximum penalties that include up to a $500,000 fine and 10-20 years in state prison, with a period of parole ineligibility set at between one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed. Second degree distribution carries a fine of up to $150,000 and 5-10 years in state prison. A third degree crime for distributing or intent to distribute triggers a fine of up to $75,000 and up to 5 years in prison. There is also a license suspension of 6-24 for anyone convicted of distributing LSD. The same is true if the conviction is for Ecstasy.
Additional Considerations. Whenever drugs are distributed in a zone that is afforded enhanced protection under the law, there are special rules that apply. You can refer to our distribution in a school zone and intent to distribute in a public park for additional information if you have been accused of selling LSD or Ecstasy in such a protected area.
New Brunswick NJ LSD Defense Lawyer
If you were charged with possession or distribution of LSD, you absolutely need to hire a skilled defense lawyer. The primary reason for this statement lies in the fact that a guilty finding involving LSD carries extreme penalties. Attorneys who are highly experienced in defending hallucinogenic drug cases involving LSD like those at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver can prove invaluable. To learn what an attorney on our team can do to help you, call our attorneys at 732-246-2176.