Drug crimes of every nature can result in serious consequences for a defendant who is accused of this type of criminal behavior. The penalties, however, will greatly depend on the nature of the offense and the type of drug that is involved. For example, drug crime penalties can be substantially life changing when the drug in question is something as strong as the hallucinogenic known as ecstasy.
Highly addictive, and extremely mind-altering, ecstasy has become a seriously penalized drug, whether for its use, possession, cultivation, or distribution. The consequences of a conviction involving ecstasy are so serious, in fact, that Georgians who have been accused should not wait to connect with an Atlanta criminal lawyer who can defend them in court.
Building a Strong Defense in Court
One of the strongest ways to build an effective defense in court is by looking at all aspects of the case, not just the immediate circumstances of the arrest. When looking at the ecstasy drug, you can see that since its arrival and usage, ecstasy has gained more widespread use, even among individuals who might not be taking it purely for hallucinogenic purposes. Common reactions to the use of ecstasy include an increased sense of intimacy with others, feelings of euphoria, and a reduction in anxiety. Given these findings, many psychological studies have begun to explore the drug's therapeutic benefits, suggesting its facilitation of therapy sessions for certain individuals who might otherwise struggle.
Among cognitive therapists, there are many professionals in the field who argue in defense of the drug's altering powers. Some clinical trials are even exploring other effective uses of ecstasy, including its use as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as anxiety reduction and as an outlet for the pain suffered by terminal cancer patients. In fact, there are currently many regulatory authorities throughout the world that have approved further scientific study of the effects of ecstasy, suggesting that it could have benefits for those who use it.
In the U.S., however, the use of MDMA remains a criminal offense that is punishable by law. Therefore, persons who are accused of a drug offense involving ecstasy must act immediately. Only with the skillful defense of a criminal attorney do defendants stand a chance of escaping conviction. Careful examination of the case must be made before a method of defense is built, and many factors must be taken into consideration. Given the drug's potential medicinal purposes, there is room for argument as to its use. With the right attorney by your side, a defense of this nature can be established, or another angle could be taken if the circumstances of your case allow for it.
Penalties for Ecstasy / MDMA Offenses
An alleged offender may face criminal charges for the possession, distribution, sale, manufacturing or trafficking of ecstasy. Even for possessing a small amount of ecstasy, a person will be charged with a felony crime in the state of Georgia. Depending on the amount of the drug found in the defendant's possession or on his / her property, the following penalties may be enforced if the defendant is convicted:
- Ecstasy possession - imprisonment for 2 to 15 years in state prison, probation, fines, community service, and/or drug abuse education classes
- Ecstasy sale / intent to distribute - imprisonment for 5 to 30 years in state prison, probation, heavy fines, community service and/or drug abuse education classes
Increased penalties will apply if a defendant is convicted of a second possession or sale offense or if the alleged crime occurred within a commercial drug-free zone—such as a school, park, playground, or church. If ecstasy was given to a minor, enhanced penalties may also apply. If you have been charged with an ecstasy-related crime, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible to see what options you have in defending yourself against the severe penalties of a conviction. Contact Sailers & Associates for more informatio.