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In recent years, ecstasy has become the drug of choice among the younger generation. Where this causes an issue is that ecstasy has stronger effects than many other drugs in which it causes the person who is taking it to lose a great deal of their awareness while they are high on ecstasy. Many states, including the state of California, have imposed severe sanctions for possession and distributing ecstasy in order to cut down on the amount of people that are relying on using ecstasy to get high and cause harm to themselves and the society around them.
Since there are no medical benefits to ecstasy whatsoever, it is always illegal to take, possess, and sell ecstasy. If you are found in possession of ecstasy, then it is extremely likely that you are going to found guilty of California’s law against possessing a substance that is controlled, which is known as Health & Safety Code 11377 HS. What is going to determine the severity of your punishment are the facts surrounding your case and whether you have any criminal history. Depending on this assessment, it will be decided as to whether you will be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, then you will have up to one year in prison and a maximum of $1,000 in fines. However, if you are charged with a felony, you will be subject to a prison sentence of up to three years and a maximum of a $10,000 fine. That being said, if you are convicted there is an option for a defendant to participate in a California drug diversion program instead of going to serve a prison sentence. The purpose of the drug diversion program is to allow defendants to get the drug treatments that they need without going to prison. Additionally, those individuals who do successfully complete the drug treatment program are able to have their charges dropped.
Given that there are many different types of charges related to using, driving under the influence, selling, and possession of ecstasy in the state of California, it is important to remember that there are many defenses available as well. This is precisely why it is wise to retain counsel for advice if you are being charged with any crime in connection to ecstasy because you may have a viable defense that could make you potentially eligible for a drug diversion program or able to have the charges dropped entirely due to a mistake of fact or an improper police search and seizure, for example.
Our firm does a great deal of work with clients who are facing charges that are related to using ecstasy. Thus, if you are undergoing an ecstasy charge or would like to report an individual who is selling ecstasy, it is highly recommended that you contact our firm for a consultation appointment. By doing this, we will be able to determine whether we are able to take your case and how we can essentially provide competent and ethical legal representation to assist you in successfully resolving your legal matter. Thus, do not hesitate to contact our firm today. We would truly be elated to assist you.