Methylamphetamine is commonly referred to as "Ecstasy" because it is a drug that is known to induce euphoria and a sense of intimacy with others. Ecstasy and Molly are extremely popular drugs right now, especially among adolescents and young adults at parties, raves and clubs. It is a mistake, however, to assume that you will not face serious criminal penalties for possessing Ecstasy just because it is popular and widely used. In fact, a conviction for possession of Ecstasy can result in years of incarceration and a number of other serious criminal penalties.
It is important not to take Ecstasy possession charges lightly. Any drug crime conviction could potentially follow an individual for the rest of his or her life affecting personal relationships as well as employment and career opportunities. If you have been arrested on suspicion of possessing the drug Ecstasy, please contact the Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann to obtain more information about building a solid defense strategy.
What is Ecstasy?
In 1985, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) banned Ecstasy and declared it a Schedule 1 drug with no medical value. It is known as a "club drug" that is commonly used by young adults in tablet form. It is popular because of the stimulating and psychedelic illusions it can create. However, it has been linked to organ failure, heart issues, seizures and even death. Anyone facing charges for possession of Ecstasy should know that its high potential for abuse and lack of accepted medical use often motivates local prosecutors to pursue the harshest penalties allowed by law.
An individual can face charges for possessing Ecstasy if the authorities allege that you knowingly possessed and physically controlled the tablets. This is known as actual possession and it is the type of possession you could be charged with if an officer finds the drugs in your pockets or on your person. If Ecstasy is found in a location over which you have control, you could face constructive possession charges. If you and at least one other person knowingly possess Ecstasy together, you could face joint possession charges. All three types of possession charges can result in serious criminal penalties.
Drug Cases We Handle:
- Drug Diversion/Prop. 36
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug Possession/Possession of a Controlled Substance (HS 11350)
- Drug Sales/Transportation (HS11352)
- DUI/Drugs (VC 23152(a))
- Felony Drug Charges
- Marijuana Cultivation (HS 11358)
- Marijuana Sales (HS 11360)
- Medical Marijuana/Compassionate Use Act (HS 11362.5)
- Misdemeanor Drug Charges
- Possession for Sale (HS11351)
- Possession of Cocaine
- Possession of Ecstasy
- Possession of Heroin
- Possession of Marijuana (HS 11357)
- Possession of Meth (HS11377)
- Possession of Paraphernalia (HS11364)
- Under the Influence (PC 11550)
Punishment for Ecstasy Possession
Possession and sale of Ecstasy is always illegal because there is no accepted medical use for this drug. Anyone found in possession of Ecstasy in Santa Clarita will likely face charges for violating California's Health & Safety Code 11377. Possession of Ecstasy is a "wobbler," which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of your case, the quantity seized and the defendant's prior criminal record.
Misdemeanor possession of Ecstasy in Santa Clarita is punishable by a year in county jail and a fine of $1,000. A felony conviction for ecstasy possession is punishable by up to three years in California state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Avoiding Severe Penalties
Individuals convicted of possessing Ecstasy may be able to lessen their penalties by participating in a drug diversion program. This type of alternative sentencing option will allow you avoid jail or prison time by participating in a drug treatment program. Once you have completed your treatment, you may be able to have your charges dismissed and your record potentially cleared.
If you wish to avoid a conviction and alternative sentencing, it may be in your best interest to fight the charges in court. With legal guidance, you may be able to have your case dismissed by proving that you actually did not knowingly possess the drugs. You may also claim that you were the victim of mistaken identity or that the police violated California's search and seizure laws.
At the Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann, we work hard to preserve our clients' Constitutional rights and freedoms. We investigate each case independently to ensure that the best possible result is achieved for our clients. If you or a loved one is facing Ecstasy possession charges, please contact us at (888) 744-7730 for a free and comprehensive consultation.