The drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine is a psychoactive amphetamine that is more commonly known by a variety of street names. While MDMA and Ecstasy are two of the most well-known names, the drug is also known by names such as Molly, Adam, and beans or simple initials like X, E, M, or XTC.
Ecstasy often comes in pill or tablet form, but it can occasionally be snorted as a powder. Regardless of what it is called or how it is used, this drug is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in Florida—meaning any crime involving possession of ecstasy it will carry extremely significant felony penalties.
If you were arrested for possessing, selling, or any other kind of criminal offense involving Ecstasy or Molly, then you should seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.
James Coulter, the experienced criminal defense attorney of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter aggressively defends residents of communities all over Brevard County and Central Florida. We represent visitors from other states or countries who were charged with a crime while visiting the Rockledge area.
Our criminal defense attorney defends clients against drug crimes including charges for ecstasy and MDMA. We understand the enormous implications these types of drug crime convictions can have on the lives of regular people. We work tirelessly to keep your criminal record clean. We can review your case as soon as you call (321) 586-9944 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Under Florida Statute § 893.13, it is a third-degree felony for a person to possess, sell, manufacture, deliver, purchase, or possess or with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver less than 10 grams of MDMA.
An alleged offender commits a second-degree felony if he or she possesses, sells, manufactures, delivers, purchases, or possesses with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver less than 10 grams of ecstasy in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any of the following locations:
A person convicted of possessing, selling, manufacturing, delivering, purchasing, or possessing or with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver less than 10 grams of Molly will have his or her driver’s license revoked for one year by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
Additional penalties may include:
When a person is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of or knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into Florida 10 grams or more of ecstasy, he or she will face trafficking charges. This criminal offense is much more serious than a basic possession charge and can trigger a mandatory minimum sentence upon conviction.
A trafficking offense involving 10 grams or more but less than 30 kilograms of Molly is classified as a first-degree felony. An alleged offender could be sentenced to a maximum term of 30 years in prison, but the mandatory minimum and possible fine depend on the amount of MDMA involved:
If an alleged offender is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of or knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into Florida 30 kilograms or more of ecstasy, then this crime is classified as a capital felony.
Florida Statute § 921.142(2) states that upon conviction this kind of capital felony case, the court conducts a separate sentencing proceeding to determine whether the alleged offender should be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.
A person who has been charged with any kind of drug crime is understandably nervous about the possible consequences if he or she is convicted. A knowledgeable lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation to uncover possible flaws in the prosecution’s case or police errors that may result in Molly charges being reduced or possibly even dismissed.
Some of the defenses in these types of cases include, but are not limited to:
Even if none of these defenses are applicable in your case, your attorney may be able to utilize another option that lessens the severity of your possible penalties. You may be able to avoid a mandatory minimum sentence by providing substantial assistance to the state attorney or you could be eligible for a Florida drug court.
MDMA - Molly | Facts about Ecstasy | Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) — The mission of the DPA is “to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.” This section of the organization’s website covers some of the facts about the drug, including information about its potential harms, history, and research involving the drug. You can also download a MDMA fact sheet.
Durability of improvement in post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and absence of harmful effects or drug dependency after 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-assisted psychotherapy: a prospective long-term follow-up study — This study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that a majority of “subjects with previously severe PTSD who were unresponsive to existing treatments had symptomatic relief provided by MDMA-assisted psychotherapy that persisted over time.” None of the subjects reported harm from participation in the study. You can learn about the methods and materials involved as well as the results. Discussion topics include risk of substance abuse, risk of neurocognitive decline, and limitations of the study.
Were you recently charged with illegally possessing MDMA in Brevard County? Whether you live in Central Florida or were arrested while visiting, it is in your best interest to immediately contact the The Law Offices of James B. Coulter for help achieving the most favorable outcome to your case.
James Coulter has handled various drug charges from both sides of the aisle respectively as a former Assistant Public Defender and a former Assistant State Attorney. This knowledge gives our Melbourne criminal defense attorney a profound understanding of the most effective ways to handle these cases, and you can call (321) 586-9944 to have our firm provide a complete evaluation of your case during a completely free initial consultation.