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MDMA, 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 at music festivals, MDMA is a Schedule I controlled substance, making ecstasy illegal to possess, distribute, produce, or transport under Pennsylvania and federal laws. If you or one of your family members was arrested and charged with MDMA possession, MDMA distribution, or related drug crimes in Philadelphia, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.
The Law Office of Lloyd Long handles a wide range of MDMA-related charges, including felony drug charges, drug charges against juveniles, and federal drug trafficking charges. As a former prosecutor, Lloyd Long is uniquely equipped to fight your allegations head-on. He can work to reduce the damage to your career and reputation while protecting your constitutional rights, disputing the evidence against you, and managing your case. Armed with in-depth knowledge of drug laws and defenses to drug charges, Lloyd Long will fight tirelessly to see your penalties reduced or your case dismissed. For a free legal consultation about MDMA charges in Philadelphia, contact the Law Office of Lloyd Long online today.
Pennsylvania MDMA Possession and Distribution Laws
In Pennsylvania, it is against the law for a person to possess, cultivate, produce, deliver, distribute, manufacture, sell, or transport street drugs – including MDMA. It is also illegal to possess drug paraphernalia, which includes “all equipment, products and materials of any kind” for producing, storing, or distributing MDMA. Pennsylvania’s MDMA laws, as well as its other drug laws, are consolidated under the Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device, and Cosmetic Act.
At the federal level, MDMA or ecstasy is classified as a Schedule I substance, defined by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a drug “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” The DEA sometimes refers to MDMA by its scientific name, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
Drug trafficking and distribution, including MDMA distribution, is illegal under 21 U.S. Code § 841. Under 21 U.S. Code § 841(a)(1), the following are prohibited:
- MDMA distribution
- MDMA manufacturing
- MDMA possession with intent to distribute (PWID)
MDMA Criminal Penalties in Pennsylvania
Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous due to their potential for dependence and abuse. As a result, many criminal charges involving Schedule I drugs are felonies that come with extremely serious penalties, including expensive fines and years of incarceration.
Mandatory minimum penalties for MDMA offenses are based 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 situations such as carrying a firearm while in possession of MDMA, or selling MDMA in a designated school zone. That means a defendant who is convicted of MDMA trafficking or distribution could be subjected to even more severe punishments.
In addition to these devastating legal consequences, a conviction will also give the defendant a criminal record. This 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 for MDMA Possession and Distribution Charges
Time is of the essence if you, your son or daughter, or another family member is under investigation or was arrested for MDMA distribution in Philadelphia. When you are facing off against an aggressive prosecutor, it is critical to have a skilled and experienced drug defense attorney in your corner. In addition to protecting your legal rights, your attorney will also fight for a reduction in the penalties you face, or potentially even a dismissal of the charges.
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 defense lawyer. Philadelphia MDMA possession lawyer Lloyd Long is here to investigate your case, collect evidence that supports your innocence or mitigates penalties, analyze and challenge the evidence gathered by law enforcement, and correspond with experts in order to develop an aggressive defense strategy personalized to your case.
The Law Office of Lloyd Long is ready to fight to get your life back on track. Handling drug-related cases throughout Philadelphia, criminal attorney Lloyd Long represents adults and minors in all types of MDMA cases, including:
- Delivering MDMA
- Distribution of MDMA
- Federal offenses
- First offenses and repeat offenses
- Manufacturing MDMA
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of MDMA
- 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 an MDMA-related charge or arrest in a free consultation, contact the Law Office of Lloyd Long online, or call today at (215) 525-6818.