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May 2 2013
Michigan Ecstasy Laws
Ecstasy use, Ecstasy possession, Ecstasy manufacture, Ecstasy creation, and Ecstasy delivery are serious drug crimes in Michigan with potentially long prison sentences.
If you have been charged with an Ecstasy-related drug crime in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, Oakland County, or throughout Michigan, you should get an aggressive drug defense attorney!
Ecstasy is a Schedule 1 drug, which means you could face severe penalties if you are caught with it. For that reason, Ecstasy drug crimes require an experienced, competent, and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney.
Ecstasy—also known as MDMA, E, or X—is the fourth most popular drug in the United States. Years ago, doctors used Ecstasy pills during psychotherapy sessions. In the early 1980's, recreational use of Ecstasy rose in dance clubs. Ecstasy is now associated with rave parties and electronic dance music. In 1985, the federal government’s Drug Enforcement Agency worked with Congress to pass laws making Ecstasy illegal. Today, Ecstasy cases are prosecuted forcefully by both federal and state authorities.
Ecstasy users report many side-effects of Ecstasy use including: self-acceptance, increased awareness, hyperactivity, lowered pain levels, and lessened aggression. Approximately half an hour after taking Ecstasy, users begin feeling its effects. The sensations of Ecstasy last for a few hours and then users experience a comedown that may include fatigue. Even short-term Ecstasy use causes memory loss (seen in about 70% of users). Ecstasy stays in the body for a significant amount of time and can be detected by testing blood, plasma, urine, hair, saliva, or sweat. Authorities will utilize these methods to determine if a suspect has used Ecstasy in the past. People on probation are typically required to take drug tests to ensure they are not using drugs. Ecstasy is one of the drugs that can be discovered by those drug tests. Drug use while on probation can lead to a Michigan probation violation charge. In Michigan, a probation violation conviction leads to a re-sentencing on the original charge. Therefore, a person on probation who avoided jail or prison the first time risks imprisonment by using Ecstasy while on probation.
Although some experts believe minimal use of Ecstasy is not harmful, drug laws in Michigan are tough on Ecstasy use, Ecstasy possession, Ecstasy manufacture, Ecstasy creation, and Ecstasy delivery.
Ecstasy use is a misdemeanor and has the least harsh penalties of any Ecstasy-related drug crime. A person found guilty of Ecstasy use in Michigan can go to jail for up to a year, pay a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Ecstasy possession is a felony in Michigan. The sentence for Ecstasy possession can include prison for up to 10 years, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
Ecstasy manufacture, Ecstasy creation, Ecstasy delivery, or possession of Ecstasy with the intent to manufacture Ecstasy, create Ecstasy, or deliver Ecstasy are also felonies and the most serious Ecstasy crimes in Michigan. The offender could get up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000, or both.
Ecstasy drug penalties could be even more severe if any of the following occurred during the Ecstasy crime:
• Ecstasy delivery was to a minor
Ecstasy crimes also affect the offender’s driving privileges, even when the offender was not driving at the time of the Ecstasy offense. An offender’s first drug conviction will result in a six month driver’s license suspension. If the offender has two or more drug convictions in the last seven years, they will receive a year’s suspension of their driver’s license. Additionally, the offender will pay fines to the State of Michigan.
The Ecstasy crimes discussed here are for those charged under Michigan's drug laws. However, it is possible that a defendant could also be charged for an Ecstasy crime under federal law or a city ordinance. All Ecstasy charges should be taken seriously. It is important that you hire a tough, aggressive Michigan drug attorney to help you.
The drug laws are incredibly complex and difficult to navigate without the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Michigan treats all Ecstasy crimes harshly. No one accused of an Ecstasy crime should attempt to handle their case without a good lawyer. The law provides the maximum possible sentence and it is up to your attorney to fight for your rights and work to improve your situation. At Kronzek & Cronkright, we have successfully defended many types of drug charges throughout Michigan and would be pleased to assist you with your Michigan Ecstasy case.
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