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Ecstasy/MDMA Charges

Ecstasy also known as molly or MDMA is a psychoactive synthetic drug that is commonly used as a recreational drug. The effects of the drug can include altered sensations, increased energy, pleasure and an intense feeling of empathy. The controlled substance is classified as a Penalty Group 2 drug, meaning it can result in very serious statutory penalties.

The state of Texas isn’t very forgiving to drug offenders. A drug conviction in Texas can lead to thousand-dollar fines and possible time behind bars. Not to add the collateral consequences with having a criminal record pertaining to drug use. That is why it’s highly recommended you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney if you’ve been charged with possessing, selling or manufacturing ecstasy.

Defense Attorney for Ecstasy Crimes in Conroe, Texas

Possessing even trace amounts of ecstasy, “E,” XTC, X or MDMA can be charged as a felony in the state of Texas. Felony-level crimes can result in thousand-dollar fines and even time behind bars. If you have been arrested for an ecstasy or other drug-related crime, then it’s imperative you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Our suggestion is you go with the skilled and knowledgeable defense attorneys at Evans & Powell, PLLC. We can examine your case, discuss legal options and build a sturdy defense for you. Call us now at (713) 622 - 2000 to set up your first consultation. Evans & Powell, PLLC accepts clients throughout the greater Montgomery County area including Conroe, Willis, New Caney, Splendora and Montgomery.

Overview of Ecstasy Charges in Texas


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Penalties for Possessing Ecstasy Under Texas Law

Possessing any illegal drug is illegal. ecstasy, however, isn’t just illegal but carries severe penalties. Even trace amounts of ecstasy found on a pipe or tab can result in a state jail felony charge, which means you could be sentenced to time in prison. The penalties for ecstasy depend heavily on the amount of the drug found in your possession.

Listed below is a chart detailing the maximum penalties for ecstasy.

 

Amount Possessed

Sentence 

Jail or Prison Time

 

Fine

Less than 1 gramState Jail Felony12 months in jail$10,000
1 gram to 4 gramsThird-Degree Felony10 years in prison$10,000
4 grams to 400 gramsSecond-Degree Felony20 years in prison$10,000
400 grams or moreFirst-Degree FelonyLife imprisonment, with a minimum of 5 years.$50,000

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Penalties for Selling or Manufacturing Ecstasy in Texas

The district attorney may enhance your charges to sale or manufacture of ecstasy if certain factors are found in your case. Some of these can include a surplus amount of the drug, drug paraphernalia and records showing visitors frequently visiting the defendant’s home.

Listed below is a chart that details the maximum penalties for selling or manufacturing ecstasy.

 

Amount Possessed

Sentence 

Jail or Prison Time

 

Fine

Less than 1 gramState Jail Felony12 months in jail$10,000
1 gram to 4 gramsThird-Degree Felony10 years in prison$10,000
4 grams to 400 gramsSecond-Degree Felony20 years in prison with a minimum of 5 years$10,000
400 grams or moreFirst-Degree FelonyLife imprisonment, with a minimum of 10 years$100,000

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Drug Court for Ecstasy Charges in Texas

The penalties associated with ecstasy possession, sale or manufacture are overwhelming. Thankfully, the state of Texas allows certain offenders to participate in specific diversion programs to avoid these serious consequences. Drug court is an alternative sentencing program where instead of incarceration the offender is court ordered to complete a rehabilitative program designed to address their drug use. Completion of the program will result in the judge reducing or dismissing the charges completely.

The purpose of the program is to stop the vicious cycle of drug abuse and incarceration many addicts face in the U.S. To participate, the offender must meet certain requirements. Unfortunately, not everyone can be involved in Montgomery County’s drug court.

You must meet the following qualifications to be accepted into drug court.

  • The offender must have either:
    • A previous drug conviction;
    • First-time offender with a history of drug and/or alcohol abuse; or
    • Two prior drug-related arrests.
  • The offender is an adult or is an juvenile who is being tried as an adult; and
  • The offender is a legal citizens in the United States; and
  • The offender is a resident of Harris County, Texas; and
  • Has a drug addiction.

Those who ineligible for drug court include the following:

  • Offenders with a pending charge for delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance or dangerous drugs;
  • Offenders with a pending charge for a clandestine lab or conducting any operations in a clandestine lab;
  • Offenders who are severely mentally ill and cannot understand the structure of the drug court program;
  • Offenders who have been arrested for a new felony charge and were previously terminated from the program in the past; or
  • Offenders who have a prior conviction for any of the following:
    • Offense where a firearm is used or exhibited;
    • Crimes of violence; or
    • Sex offenses

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Additional Resources

Texas Drug Laws – Visit the official website for Texas state laws and legislation. Find more information about which drugs are categorized in which Penalty Groups, penalties for possession, and penalties for delivery or manufacture of an illegal drug.

Montgomery County Drug Court – Visit the official website for the Montgomery County Courts to learn more about how you can participate, the contact information for the court and the reasoning Montgomery County made the court.


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Conroe Lawyer for ecstasy and MDMA in Texas

If you or someone you know has been charged with an ecstasy-related crime, then it’s imperative you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney. With the help of skilled legal counsel, you can fight back and defend your rights and future. Get in touch with an attorney who has years of practice under their belt by calling Evans & Powell, PLLC.

Our criminal defense attorneys have decades of collective experience. We will do whatever we can to battle these charges for you. Call us now at (713) 622 - 2000 and we will set up your first consultation free. Evans & Powell, PLLC represents people throughout the greater Montgomery County area including Conroe, Splendora, Montgomery, Willis and New Caney.


 

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