Arrested For Possession of Ecstasy?

Ecstasy / MDMA / Molly (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a synthetic psychoactive drug that has similarities to both methamphetamine and mescaline. Originally a popular nightclub drug or frequently seen at “raves”, ecstasy is now seen in a broader demographic. Ecstasy possession is a serious offense.

Possession of ecstasy / MDMA / Molly is illegal both in the state of Texas and in the Federal courts. Ecstasy / MDMA / Molly is a Schedule 2 drug because it has a high potential for abuse, with less abuse potential than Schedule 1 drugs, with the potential for severe psychological, or physical, dependence. Whether you have been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the local police, or a joint task force, the more you have the worse your exposure is to substantial prison time. In the War on Drugs, people who merely use ecstasy / MDMA / Molly recreationally do not get a pass but are looked upon less harshly than the ones that traffic or sell it.

Federal Trafficking Penalties

Penalties For Possession of Ecstasy / MDMA / Molly In Texas.

A first offender who pleads guilty, or is tried and found guilty, of possessing less than 1 gram of Ecstasy / MDMA / Molly faces mandatory probation. Once the weight goes above 1 gram there is no guarantee of probation and the greater the weight, the greater the exposure to lengthy prison incarceration. Possession of 400 grams or more carries a penalty range of not less than 10 years in prison up to 99 years or life, and a fine up to $100,000.

Your Best Defense

If you have been arrested for, or contacted by Texas or Federal law enforcement in connection with the possession, sale, or conspiracy to possess Ecstasy / MDMA / Molly, contact the Law Office of Paul Schiffer immediately. Attorney Paul Schiffer has experience in both prosecuting and defending these cases. Paul Schiffer is an award winning Texas and Federal ecstasy trial lawyer fighting for his clients in the government’s relentless war on drugs.

My clients want to know this – are there strong defenses to possession of ecstasy / MDMA / Molly? Yes there are, and with 40 years of experience Houston ecstasy trial lawyer Paul Schiffer knows where to look for the governments weaknesses in an effort to build the strongest defense.

LEGAL DEFENSES

1) Challenge the Stop & Seizure of the drugs.

  • Did the police have sufficient probable cause or reasonable suspicion to stop you on the street, in a club, in your car?

2) Was the traffic stop unduly prolonged?

3) Was a drug dog sniffing where he didn’t have a right to be?

4) Are there problems with the search warrant?

  • Was there false information provided by the police in the search warrant affidavit?
  • Is there insufficient probable cause in the affidavit for the search warrant?
  • Is the information in the affidavit stale, too old to be reliable?
  • Are there administrative errors in the warrant itself?
  • Was your phone improperly wire-tapped?

5) Were you frisked when you were not a risk to the officers safety?

6) Motion to Suppress the evidence because of violations of your Constitutional right under the 4th Amendment.

A DRUG CASE WITH NO DRUGS IS A VERDICT OF “NOT GUILTY”

FACTUAL DEFENSES

  • Misidentification – They Got The Wrong Guy
  • Alibi
  • Lab Testing Problems
  • Insufficient links to establish care, custody, or control of the drugs
  • Chain of custody problems
  • Government witness credibility problems 
  • Paid informants

Actual possession is when drugs are found on your person. Constructive possession is when you have control over the place where the drugs are found, frequently in your home, car, locker, etc. Joint possession is when 2 or more persons are alleged to each possess the drugs. Ecstasy in a bag in your pocket is a real challenge to defend. Joint possession cases presumably offer more room for doubt because the government is required to prove that each person exercised actual care, custody, or control over the drugs. So, ecstasy found in the console of a car, or in a locked trunk of a rental car, for example, offer different challenges. The law office of Houston ecstasy trial lawyer Paul Schiffer has been successfully meeting these challenges for decades.

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Experience and knowledge are the most effective weapons in the courtroom to have your case dismissed, charges reduced, or successfully tried to a jury. With 40 years of experience as a ecstasy defense attorney and former prosecutor in Houston, Texas,  I will fight aggressively to get the best results for you. Call me today at 713-521-0059 for a free case evaluation.

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