SECOND Degree CDS Distribution Downgraded to Municipal Ordinance

We were recently retained by a young man who had been charged and arrested for distributing molly on the boardwalk of a popular Jersey Shore destination in Ocean County. Officers arrested our client and a co-defendant after allegedly witnessing them exchange pills for money. Our client, a resident of Philadelphia, was incarcerated in Ocean County Jail. Once retained, we contacted Ocean County Superior Court and scheduled an immediate Bail Reduction Hearing. During that hearing, we were able to offer compelling factors to the Superior Court judge presiding over the case and were successful in getting the bail reduced.

In the following months, it became evident that the police improperly tested the alleged “molly” being sold by our clients, and that the substance was not, in fact, a narcotic after all. At that point, the case was remanded to municipal court and we resolved the matter with the municipal prosecutor to a downgraded municipal ordinance violation.

State v. I.I.

William Proetta

With more than a decade of experience defending clients against criminal charges, founding partner William A. Proetta has successfully handled and tried thousands of cases, from DWI to murder. As a New Jersey native, he has focused his career on helping people in the area where he grew up, serving Middlesex, Ocean, Hudson, and Union counties.