San Diego Ecstasy Defense Attorneys
The technical term for Ecstasy is 3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MMDA). It is also known as Adam, E, Molly, Roll, X, and XTC. Unlike other hallucinogens like Marijuana, Ecstasy is produced synthetically, resulting in a combination of psychedelic and amphetamine-like highs. It comes in tablets, often branded, as well as powder, liquid, or capsule form. There are a number of risks associated with this drug, not the least of which are criminal charges.
Ecstasy is a Schedule 1 drug and can result in significant charges if an individual is charged with possession, manufacturing, or distribution. If you are facing any of these charges related to Ecstasy, you should not hesitate to contact jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys at (760) 630-2000. Our lead attorney, James N. Dick, served with the LAPD as a narcotics investigator and understands the full ramifications of a drug charge. He has the necessary legal experience to defend you in a San Diego courtroom.
Ecstasy works by increasing three chemicals in the brain – dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. The increase in these chemicals creates feelings of happiness and pleasure. Effects may include euphoria, increased confidence, feelings of well-being and pleasure, lowered inhibitions, increased sociability, and empathic feelings for others. These effects typically last from three to six hours. When they wear off, users often feel depressed and tired.
In addition to the risk of arrest, Ecstasy use can cause loss of inhibitions, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, chills or sweating, and blurred vision. It increases blood pressure and heart rate, and seizures are possible. The stimulant effects make it possible to dance for long periods in hot, crowded conditions, which can lead to severe dehydration and a dramatic increase in body temperature (hyperthermia). This can cause muscle breakdown and cardiovascular, kidney, and liver failure. Repeated use of Ecstasy may damage brain cells and disrupt or interfere with memory.
The state of California charges defendants with a number of related drug crimes depending on the circumstances and the regulations as outlined by the California Health and Safety Code. The primary charges that San Diego prosecutors may demand include:
- Possession: Possession can be as simple as having Ecstasy on your person or property, such as your car or home. In addition, possession can be split into two categories: possession for personal use and possession for sale. When charged with possession of Ecstasy for personal use, the prosecution will pursue a misdemeanor charge that can include up to one year in county jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
- Distribution and Sale: In contrast, a possession for distribution or sale can result in a felony charge that would involve up to $10,000 fines and imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months, two years, or three years, depending on the amount in the defendant’s possession. A skilled defense attorney may argue against felony charges, stating that the amount of Ecstasy does not indicate an intent to distribute, thus reducing the charges to misdemeanor possession for personal use.
- Trafficking: Trafficking charges revolve around the intent to sell and distribute Ecstasy by including the manufacturing and transporting of the drug. Trafficking charges can result in a felony conviction of up to two, three, or four years in state prison as well as a $10,000 fine. However, these charges can be increased if the defendant is found to have crossed a county line, resulting in up to three, six, or nine years in prison. Not only due the severity of the charges increase, but the prosecution may have the support of the DEA, FBI, or other federal agencies if Ecstasy was transported across state lines.
Despite the severity of these charges, California law does offer leniency for first-time offenders. Your criminal defense attorney may request a drug diversion program to ensure a defendant receives treatment and rehabilitation for drug addiction instead of incarceration, which may worsen the long-term effects of the drug. This program also allows defendants to avoid charges when they complete the program.
If you have been arrested for simple possession, possession with intent to sell, or trafficking of Ecstasy, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, you will find a San Diego criminal defense lawyer who is a certified expert in his field. Our founding attorney is a former LAPD narcotics investigator and has more than 30 years of experience in criminal law. Contact us today at (760) 630-2000 to schedule a consultation, so we can discuss your legal options.
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