Cape Cod Possession of Ecstasy Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with the possession of ecstasy, you need to take immediate legal action. Ecstasy is classified as a Class B controlled substance in the state of Massachusetts. This means that, depending on your circumstances, you can face significant jail time and heavy fines if convicted.
Don’t fight this alone. Cape Cod possession of ecstasy defense attorney James Powderly is dedicated to pursuing the best possible course of legal action available to you. With his extensive experience and success fighting drug possession charges, Attorney Powderly understands what a successful defense takes. Contact Attorney James Powderly immediately for a free initial consultation: call anytime at (508) 343-0676 or fill out our contact form online.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
A drug possession charge of any kind can be overwhelming. If you’ve been charged with possession of ecstasy, you may find it difficult to pinpoint what exactly you’re up against. As a Class B controlled substance according to the state’s classification system, ecstasy can inflict a range of repercussions, both light and severe.
An effective attorney can investigate the circumstances of your charge and assess the severity of your situation. Furthermore, they can discover what defenses will be available to you. How much were you found with? Where were you? Where were you in proximity to the ecstasy? How was the evidence obtained? With a possession of ecstasy charge, the success or failure of your defense is in the details. If you try to represent yourself, you will likely miss these details and sabotage yourself.
A conviction can carry both jail time and fines, so you should never go through this legal process alone. Let an experienced drug possession attorney fight for you and investigate your case.
Why Choose James Powderly to Handle My Case?
When looking for a criminal defense attorney in Cape Cod to protect your rights, you need a lawyer with the necessary knowledge, experience, and dedication. Attorney James Powderly’s track record in the district and superior courts of Barnstable and Bristol Counties speaks to his ongoing commitment to his clients’ liberty. With more than a decade of success fighting local, state, and DEA prosecutions, Attorney Powderly is always determined to fully investigate your case.
If you’ve been charged with possession of ecstasy, he will fight for the best outcome for you, not just the most convenient. This is regardless of the amount of ecstasy that you’re charged with possessing.
James Powderly is recognized by the American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He is thoroughly invested in the protection of your rights and liberties and will fight for your best outcome.
What He Can Do For You
In possession charges cases, the most common and typically most effective defense is to investigate whether or not your 4th Amendment rights were violated. Attorney James Powderly is prepared to thoroughly investigate the circumstances in which evidence against you was obtained. Search and seizures must be conducted by law enforcement in accordance with strict procedures. If they fail to follow every letter of the law while obtaining evidence, the evidence against you can be invalidated and suppressed in court.
Another common option is calling into question whether or not the ecstasy was in your possession and demonstrably your property. The burden is on the prosecution to prove that you knowingly and intentionally possessed the drug and that you had enough of it for use or sale. This defense is especially effective in instances where the ecstasy is not discovered immediately on your person but is actually found nearby. The burden then is on the prosecution to prove constructive possession.
While these are the two most common defenses, there are other means of protecting your rights in the event you face a possession of ecstasy charge. James Powderly will be able to examine the specifics of your case and decide on the best defense strategy for you.
What penalties am I facing if I’ve been found in possession of a small amount of ecstasy?
In the event you only had a small amount, you’re likely facing a single possession charge. In the state of Massachusetts, ecstasy is a Class B controlled substance. The penalties for Class B controlled substances, in the event of a conviction, can entail a fine, a jail sentence, or both.
The severity of these penalties largely depends on your status as a repeat offender. If this is your first offense, you are susceptible to a maximum of one year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000. If this is your second offense, the penalties are elevated and can incur an additional year in prison and an additional $1,000 in fines.
What penalties am I facing if I’ve been found in possession of a large amount of ecstasy?
If you’ve been found with a large amount of ecstasy, not only is the prosecution more likely to pursue the highest possible penalties, but you are at risk for the possession charge to be elevated to a more serious offense, such as a possession with intent to distribute or manufacture charge. These charges threaten you with stricter penalties.
First-time offenders face a maximum of ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Repeat offenders still receive heavy penalties, with the added heft of mandatory minimums. They are required to serve at least two years of prison, with a potential maximum sentence of 10 years; and they are required to pay a fine of $2,500, with a potential maximum fine of $25,000.
Contact Us Today
Cape Cod drug crimes defense attorney James Powderly has been helping people fight drug possession charges in the Barnstable and Bristol County courts for over a decade. Attorney Powderly understands how daunting it can be to face the potential penalties of an ecstasy possession conviction. He also crucially understands how to effectively construct your defense against these charges.
If you’re up against a possession of ecstasy charge, take immediate action. Dedicated Attorney Powderly is always prepared to put his knowledge and expertise to work for your well-being. For a free initial consultation, contact Attorney Powderly by phone at (508) 343-0676 or through our online form.