There is a big difference under the law between having mere possession of an illegal drug and trafficking that drug. Law enforcement is committed to stopping those who circulate and sell illegal drugs. For this reason, anyone who is found with a large possession of an illegal drug will be assumed to have the intent to sell, and could ultimately face much more severe legal consequences.
If you have been found with ecstasy in your possession in Georgia, the legal consequences you will face will depend on the amount that you have on your possession. Ecstasy, otherwise known as MDMA, is a Schedule I drug which means that it has a high potential for abuse. The following is an overview of what you need to know if you have been accused of trafficking ecstasy.
The weight of the drugs will determine your sentence
You may face an ecstasy trafficking conviction if you are found with 28 grams or more of ecstasy. If you are found with between 28 and 200 grams of ecstasy, you will face a mandatory prison term of between three and 30 years. You will also need to pay a fine of between $25,000 and $250,000.
The prison sentence could increase if a minor was involved
If you are linked to drug trafficking in cooperation with a minor under the age of 21 years, the crime will automatically be elevated to a felony. This means that you will face a minimum of five years in prison.
There are ways to defend yourself
While criminal penalties for trafficking ecstasy are severe, there are possibilities to reduce your sentence or have charges dismissed by effectively defending yourself. If drugs were found in an item that belongs to you such as a backpack or suitcase, you may be able to give evidence to show that the drugs were planted and that you were not aware that they were on your possession. You may also be able to argue that the drugs you had were for recreational use and that you had no intention of selling them.
If you have been accused of trafficking ecstasy in Georgia, it’s vital that you take swift action to defend yourself. Understanding the law is key to effectively reducing charges.