POSSESSION & DISTRIBUTION
MDMA, which is also known as “molly” or “ecstasy,” is a social drug commonly used at concerts, raves, clubs, and parties, where it is prized for the intense feelings of euphoria and exhilaration it can produce. Though popular on college campuses and festival circuits, MDMA is a Schedule I controlled substance, making ecstasy illegal to possess, distribute, produce, or transport under state and federal laws. If you, your spouse, or your son or daughter was arrested and charged with MDMA possession, MDMA distribution, or related crimes in Pennsylvania, you need an experienced Philadelphia MDMA lawyer who understands complex drug laws, sentencing guidelines, and strategies for minimizing your penalties or fighting your charges head-on.
At The Law Office of Lloyd Long, our aggressive team approaches every case with the level of in-depth knowledge that can only be developed through years of experience defending drug cases in Pennsylvania’s criminal courts. Philadelphia defense lawyer Lloyd Long, a former prosecutor who is qualified to handle misdemeanor, felony, federal, and juvenile cases, can work to lessen the damage to your career and reputation while protecting your constitutional rights, disputing the evidence against you, and managing all other aspects of your case. Armed with an extensive understanding of Pennsylvania drug laws and court proceedings, Lloyd Long will fight tirelessly to see your penalties reduced or your case dismissed.
Time is of the essence if you, your son or daughter, your husband or wife, or another family member is under investigation or is facing MDMA charges in Philadelphia.
MDMA Crime Penalties in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, it is against the law for a person to possess, cultivate/produce, deliver, distribute, sell, or transport illegal drugs, including MDMA. At the federal level, ecstasy is considered a Schedule I substance, which is defined by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a drug “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous drugs due to their association with severe physical and psychological dependence. As a result, many criminal charges involving Schedule I drugs are felonies that come with extremely serious penalties, including years of incarceration and highly expensive fines.
Mandatory minimum penalties for MDMA offenses are based largely on the quantity of ecstasy involved in the offense. In Pennsylvania, MDMA penalties or ecstasy penalties may include the following:
- Between 2 and 10 grams
- First Offense – 2 years in prison, fine of $5,000
- Second Offense – 3 years in prison, fine of $10,000
- Between 10 and 100 grams
- First Offense – 3 years in prison, fine of $15,000
- Second Offense – 5 years in prison, fine of $30,000
- 100 grams or more
- First Offense – 5 years in prison, fine of $25,000
- Second Offense – 7 years in prison, fine of $50,000
The list above does not include factors such as carrying a firearm while in possession of MDMA, or selling MDMA in a designated school zone, which means that a defendant who is convicted of possessing MDMA or trafficking in MDMA could be subjected to even more severe criminal punishments. In addition to these incredibly devastating legal consequences, a conviction will also give the defendant a criminal record, which can make it difficult or impossible to work in certain industries, travel abroad to foreign countries, own or buy a firearm, join the U.S. military, or pursue other opportunities in life.
Philadelphia Defense Attorney Handling Ecstasy Possession and Distribution Charges
When you are facing off against an aggressive prosecutor, having an experienced and skilled drug defense attorney on your side is your best chance of obtaining the outcome you desire. If you have been arrested for any type of drug crime related to ecstasy, it is absolutely imperative that you obtain legal representation from a qualified criminal defense lawyer. Philadelphia MDMA possession lawyer Lloyd Long can thoroughly investigate your case, collect evidence that supports your innocence or mitigates penalties, analyze and challenge evidence gathered by law enforcement, and correspond with expert professionals in order to develop an aggressive defense strategy that is personalized to your case.
Do not hesitate to obtain our legal services today in order to get your life back on track. Handling drug-related cases throughout Philadelphia, criminal attorney Lloyd Long assists adults and minors with all types of MDMA charges, including:
- Delivery of MDMA
- Distribution of MDMA
- Federal MDMA Charges
- First-Offense MDMA Charges
- Juvenile MDMA Charges
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of MDMA
- Production of MDMA
- Second-Offense MDMA Charges
- Third and Subsequent Offenses
- Trafficking in MDMA
No matter how serious the charges may be, legal representation improves your odds of avoiding prison time or receiving lighter penalties. To discuss your drug-related legal matter in a confidential and completely free consultation, contact our Philadelphia drug crime defense lawyer, Lloyd Long today.