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One of the most widely used illegal drugs in America is ecstasy, also known as MDMA. If you are caught in possession of ecstasy, even in the small amounts required for personal use, you can be punished with severe criminal penalties, due to the fact that it is listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act of the United States government. It is normally found in pill form, often in a mixture with other drugs, and it is commonly used as a party drug, especially at raves. It originated in psychiatric research but became popular for its effects upon users, such as euphoria, the release of social inhibition and boosted energy levels. It acts as both a stimulant and a hallucinogen.
The penalties for ecstasy-related crimes depend on the specific circumstances of the alleged offense, but can include several years in state prison and thousands of dollars in fines. You can be charged with possession with intent, manufacturing, trafficking or any other type of drug crime in relation to ecstasy, and a conviction will not only mean the serious possibility of criminal penalties but also the difficulties posed by having a criminal record.
If this is your first offense, a Los Angeles drug crime attorney may be able to seek an alternative sentence for you under Proposition 36, which provides opportunities for drug offenders to receive rehabilitative treatment as a method of diversion.
Successfully fighting against ecstasy charges depends on thoroughly investigating the case to discover all possible strategies for defense. At Okabe & Haushalter, we take an individualized approach to each client and you will receive the personal attention you deserve. We will consult with you about your objectives and help you get started on a plan of action immediately. Whether it can be proven that your rights were violated in the search & seizure that lead to your arrest or if there is some other way to resolve the charges, we will work tirelessly to help you avoid a guilty verdict.
Contact a Los Angeles drug crime attorney who has the experience and skill needed to defend you against ecstasy charges.