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Club Drugs

New York City is commonly known as “The City That Never Sleeps,” and that worldwide image is fostered in part by the city’s vibrant club scene. Residents and tourists alike partake in the NYC’s various dance and night clubs that seemingly operate at all hours of the night.

Certain types of illegal drugs have become very popular in these settings, making such controlled substances commonly referred to as “club drugs.” Authorities in New York are always on the lookout at clubs throughout the city for alleged use of these kinds of drugs, and alleged offenders can face serious penalties if they are charged with possessing or selling such controlled substances.

Attorney for Club Drugs Arrests in Queens, NY

If you get arrested in New York City for any kind of alleged criminal offense involving a so-called “club drug,” it is in your best interest to not say anything to authorities without legal representation. Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner will work to protect your rights and fight to possibly get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Rochelle S. Berliner is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Queens who represents clients accused of drug crimes all over Bronx County, Kings County, Queens County, and New York County. Call Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner today to take advantage of a free initial consultation that will let our attorney provide a complete evaluation of your case.


New York Club Drugs Crimes Information Center


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Types of Club Drugs in New York City

The term club drug usually refers to one of a group of controlled substances that have become popular because of their euphoric effects. A few of the common kinds of club drugs in New York include, but are not limited to:

Controlled Substance

Street Names

Physical Forms

Drug Schedule

3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine

MDMA, Ecstasy, X, Molly, XTC, E, Beans, Adam, Hug Drug, Love Drug

Usually capsule or tablet, but can come in powder or liquid forms

Schedule I hallucinogenic substance

Flunitrazepam

Rohypnol, Roofies, Rophies, Forget Me Drug, Roches, Ruffles, Date Rape Drug

Usually capsule or tablet

Schedule IV depressant

Ketamine

K, Special K, Cat Valium, Super Acid, Special La Coke,
Purple, Jet, Vitamin K

Usually powder, but also comes in tablet and liquid forms

Schedule III depressant

Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (γ-Hydroxybutyric Acid)

GHB, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Goop, Georgia Home Boy, Easy Lay, Gamma-OH, Liquid E, Fantasy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Scoop, Water, Everclear, Great Hormones at Bedtime, GBH, Soap, Salty Water, G-Riffick, Cherry Meth, Organic Quaalude, Jib

Liquid or powder

Schedule I depressant

Methamphetamine

Meth, Crystal, Crystal Meth, Speed, Glass, Ice, Crank, Yaba, Tina

Powder, tablet, or crystal rock chunks

Schedule II stimulant

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

LSD, Acid, Blotter, Window Pane, Purple Haze, Dots, Zen

Tablets, capsules, or liquid

Schedule I hallucinogenic substance


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Club Drugs Penalties in Queens

When an alleged offender is arrested for a club drug-related offense in New York, that person is usually charged with a crime relating to possession or sale of a controlled substance. How the offense is classified depends on the specific drug involved as well as the amount of it that was allegedly possessed.

Possession crimes are generally classified as follows:

  • A person commits Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses two ounces or more of methamphetamine, 25 milligrams or more of LSD, or 25 grams or more of a hallucinogenic substance such as MDMA. Under New York Penal Law § 220.18, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree is a Class A-II felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $50,000.
  • A person commits Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree under Penal Law § 220.16 when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses a stimulant, hallucinogen, hallucinogenic substance, or LSD, with intent to sell it and has previously been convicted of a controlled substance offense or the attempt or conspiracy to commit any such offense; or one gram or more of a stimulant with intent to sell it; or one milligram or more of LSD with the intent to  sell  it ; or twenty-five (25) milligrams or more of a hallucinogen with intent to sell it; or one gram or more of a hallucinogenic  substance  with  intent  to  sell it; or one  or  more  preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing methamphetamine, its salts, isomers or salts of isomers with intent to sell it and said  preparations,  compounds, mixtures  or substances are of an aggregate weight of one-eighth ounce or more; or a stimulant weighing five (5) grams or more; or five (5) milligrams or more of LSD; or a hallucinogen  weighing one  hundred twenty-five (125) milligrams or more; or five (5) grams or more of a hallucinogenic substance.  Under New York Penal Law § 220.16, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree is a Class B felony punishable by up to nine (9) years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $30,000.
  • A person commits Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses 4,000 milligrams or more of ketamine, 200 grams or more of GHB, or 1 milligram or more of LSD. Under New York Penal Law § 220.09, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree is a Class C felony punishable by up to 5-1/2 years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
  • A person commits Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses 1,000 milligrams or more of ketamine, any amount of ketamine when the alleged offender has been previously convicted of possession or attempting to possess of ketamine, or 28 grams or more of GHB.  Under New York Penal Law § 220.06 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree is a Class D felony punishable by up to 2-1/2 years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • A person commits Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses any amount of a controlled substance. Under New York Penal Law § 220.03, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

New York Penal Law § 220.00(1) defines “sell” as “to sell, exchange, give or dispose of to another, or to offer or agree to do the same.” When police officers do not catch an alleged offender in an act that legally constitutes a sale, they may still accuse the individual of having the “intent to sell,” if there is some circumstantial evidence of that intent, such as the packaging of the controlled substance or the alleged offender possesses a large amount of cash.

When a person is accused of actually selling a club drug, the criminal charges can be one of the following more serious offenses:

  • A person commits Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully sells one-half ounce or more of one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing methamphetamine, or sells 5 grams or more of LSD, or sells 5 grams or more of a hallucinogenic substance such as MDMA.  Under New York Penal Law § 220.41, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree is a Class A-II felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $50,000.
  • A person commits Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully sells one-eighth ounce or more of one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing methamphetamine, or sells 1 milligram or more of LSD, or sells any amount of LSD when the alleged offender has been previously convicted of a controlled substance offense or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such an offense, or sells one (1) gram or more of a hallucinogenic substance such as MDMA. Under New York Penal Law § 220.39, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree is a Class B felony punishable by up to nine years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $30,000.
  • A person commits Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully sells 4,000 milligrams or more of ketamine or sells 28 grams or more of GHB. Under New York Penal Law § 220.34, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree is a Class C felony punishable by up to 5-1/2 years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
  • A person commits Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully sells an amount of a controlled substance not listed above. Under New York Penal Law § 220.31, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree is a Class D felony punishable by up to 2-1/2 years in prison for a first felony offense and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

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New York Club Drugs Resources

Club Drugs | NYC.gov — Visit this section of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) website to learn more about club drugs. Find information about how club drugs are misused as well as the risks associated with usage of these drugs. You can also find links to fact sheets.

Club Drugs | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — NIDA is the federal government research institute with the mission to “advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction.” On this website, you can read brief descriptions of individual club drugs, view statistics and trends, and read related publications about these drugs. You can also view recent news releases and learn more about clinical trials.


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Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner | Queens Club Drugs Defense Lawyer

Were you arrested for alleged possession or sale of a club drug in New York City? You should exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal counsel. Contact Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner as soon as possible.

Queens criminal defense attorney Rochelle S. Berliner aggressively defends individuals in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and many surrounding areas of New York City. She can review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call 718-261-5600 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation


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