Defense to MDMA Drug Offenses in Federal Court
Federal law enforcement authorities like the DEA and FBI have cracked down on criminal offenses involving Ecstasy, also referred to as Molly in its pure form, because of recent news stories involving a number of deaths. Ecstasy and Molly both essentially refer to the drug 3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), which has traditionally been a party drug associated with rave parties and the electronic dance circuit. If you are the suspect or the target of a federal investigation involving MDMA, you could face serious penalties. Federal law enforcement agencies are not interested in simple possession cases, they use drug conspiracy law to take down drug trafficking enterprises. Even if your role is nothing more than storing MDMA for a short period, you can be exposed to severe punishment under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which can include a mandatory minimum prison term.
Why You Need a Federal Narcotics Defense Law Firm
At Greco Neyland, PC, our founding partners, Jeffery Greco and Dustan Neyland, have represented many defendants in the federal courthouses of New York on serious drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute, distribution, manufacturing, transportation, trafficking, exportation, and importation. Even if you have previously received probation, diversion, or some other favorable outcome in State Court, drug charges in Federal Court are much more serious. Judges in the Federal Criminal Justice System impose punishment based on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. While a complex array of factors and exceptions can impact your sentence in federal court, the prison terms usually are much longer than for state drug crimes. In many cases, you may be facing a substantial mandatory minimum. Worse yet, there is no parole for federal cases.
Our federal ecstasy criminal defense attorneys have the experience to help you unravel the complex web of factors that will determine your criminal exposure in federal court based on drug quantity, your prior criminal record, and other relevant factors. Because we are regularly in the federal courts for New York’s Southern District and Eastern District, we have in-depth knowledge of the special court and evidentiary rules that apply in the federal courtrooms of New York. Whether you are the target of an investigation or you are facing federal charges, we are prepared to go to battle to protect your liberty and future.
What Is the Punishment for Conviction of an Ecstasy Offense under Federal Law?
MDMA is listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), which means it is considered one of the most dangerous drugs and it leads to addiction and abuse. This also means that the Federal Sentencing Guidelines treat offenses involving MDMA (Molly and Ecstasy) with the harshest punishment under federal law.
MDMA Sales or Possession with Intent
Under 21 U.S.C. § 841, the following penalties apply under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for a first conviction of the indicated MDMA offense with no aggravating factors:
- Possession with intent to sell or the sale of less than five (5) grams of a substance that contains a mix of Ecstasy is punishable by up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary and a fine up to $1,000,000;
- Possession with intent to sell or the sale of 5 grams or more of a substance that contains a mix of Ecstasy is subject to a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison up to a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine up to $2,000,000; and
- Possession with intent to sell or the sale of 50 grams or more of a substance that contains a mix of Ecstasy is subject to a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison up to life imprisonment and a fine up to $4,000,000.
Retain a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Today!
It is important to retain experienced federal criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible, whether you have just learned about a pending investigation or you have been charged with a federal drug crime. Our attorneys are skilled in breaking down the prosecutor’s case and developing strong defense strategies. We invite you to call us today, so we can start constructing a defense to protect your future. For your convenience, our offices are located close to the Southern District Federal Courthouse and the Eastern District Federal Courthouse. Call us today at (914) 358-9146, or click here, to schedule your free consultation, so we can get started immediately.