Possession of Ecstasy Attorney:
Ecstasy continues to be the fourth most popular drug in the United States. Once used by doctors during psychotherapy sessions, ecstasy is now used as a recreational drug, namely in dance clubs, raves, and festivals such as Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival. Also known as “molly,” “MDMA,” “E,” or “X,” ecstasy is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception. It is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen, producing feelings of increased energy and distorted sensory and time perception. Ecstasy poses a serious health threat, with its effects causing an increase in body temperature, dehydration, muscle breakdown, kidney failure, heart failure, and even death.
Its abuse has become a nationwide problem, growing rapidly amongst teens and young adults. In an effort to tackle this problem, federal and state officials have taken a tougher stance on drug crimes. Michigan takes an especially harsh stance, where all drug cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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Our firm’s approach to Michigan Ecstasy Possession Cases:
As Michigan Ecstasy Possession Attorneys our firm is focused on helping our clients take advantage of all resources available to him or her during all phases of the legal process. Our desire is not just to see a great result in the case, but to help provide the client with guidance and care that is forward facing. We want to see our clients get the help they need to conquer the drug addiction so that when our work is concluded, they might return to living a healthy, clean, productive life, and re-enter normal society.
Michigan Ecstasy Possession:
In the state of Michigan, the possession of any controlled substance or illegal prescription drug is a felony offense. Pursuant to Michigan Public Health Code section 333.7403(1), “A person shall not knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance, a controlled substance analogue, or a prescription form unless the controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, or prescription form was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of the practitioner’s professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by this article.”
Schedule I Drug Classification
Controlled substances are classified into five specific “schedules.” Substances are classified into schedules based on their likelihood of causing dependency when abused and whether they have a currently accepted medical use. In the current scheduling system, ecstasy is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. Drugs classified under Schedule 1 are considered highly addictive and have no accepted medical use. All possession, manufacture, or distribution of ecstasy is deemed illegal. Examples of other substances classified under Schedule 1 include LSD, GHB, and Heroin.
Is Ecstasy addictive?
Ecstasy is addictive in that it affects the same neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine as those affected by other highly addictive drugs. Ecstasy alters the bodies’ chemical responses of these neurotransmitters, resulting in altered effects on your brain. However, compared to other narcotics, ecstasy is less habit forming and does not usually lead to physical dependence.
Criminal Penalties for Ecstasy Possession
Being in possession of ecstasy is a felony and carries serious consequences. Under Michigan Public Health Code section 333.7403(2)(b)(i), penalties for illegally possessing ecstasy include a fine of up to $15,000, up to 10 years in prison, or both. These penalties may be enhanced depending on factors such as the location of the offense committed and prior drug convictions. Michigan law requires enhanced penalties if you were in possession of a controlled substance in close proximity of a school, park, or library. Michigan law also requires enhanced penalties if you are a habitual or repeat offender.
Additionally, being in possession of a controlled substance such as ecstasy often results in driver’s license suspension. Driver’s licenses can be suspended for drug convictions even if you were not driving at the time the offense was committed. If there are one or more prior drug convictions within the last seven years, your driver’s license may be suspended for one year. If there are no prior drug convictions, your driver’s license may be suspended for six months.
All ecstasy charges should be taken seriously. If you have been accused or charged with possession of a controlled substance such as ecstasy, call one of our criminal defense attorneys/ Possession of Ecstasy Attorney at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.
Driver’s License Suspension for Ecstasy Convictions
Drug crimes including Ecstasy will affect your driving privileges as well, even when you were not driving at the time of the Ecstasy offense. The first drug conviction will result in a six month driver’s license suspension. If you have two or more drug convictions in the last seven years, you will receive a year’s suspension of their driver’s license.