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Tennessee Ecstasy Attorney-Tennessee Ecstasy Laws Are extremely harsh.

Posted July 25, 2011Lee Martin - Drug Cases

Ecstasy is a Schedule I Drug under Tennessee Law, which means you will face severe penalties if you are caught with it.  For that sole reason, Tennessee ecstasy cases require an experienced, competent, and aggressive criminal defense attorney who understands the "ins and outs" of felony drug cases.

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, E, or x is one of the most popular recreational drugs in the United States.  In the early 1980's, recreational use of Ecstasy rose in dance clubs because it produces a sense of intimacy with others and diminished feelings of fear and anxiety.  Ecstasy is now associated primarily with rave parties, concerts, and electronic club music.  Although once a legal drug, it was outlawed by Congress in conjunction with the FDA in the mid-1980's. 

Although some medical experts believe minimal use of Ecstasy is not harmful, drug laws in Tennessee are tough on Ecstasy use, possession, manufacture, creation, sale, and delivery.  Ecstasy cases are difficult because even the smallest amount of the drug could still be used as bases for a felony conviction.  Most likely the Government will proceed under either a simple possession or felony theory.

Simple Possession or Casual Exchange of Ecstasy is defined under Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-17-418 as an act where a person “knowingly” possesses or casually exchanges a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of professional practice."  Simple possession of ecstasy is a class A misdemeanor where a conviction carries a jail sentence to not exceed 11 months and 29 days and a fine to not exceed $2,500.00.

Felony sale, delivery or manufacture of Ecstasy is defined under Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-17-417.  Under this section, a person who knowingly sells, delivers, or manufactures ecstasy violates Tennessee Drug Laws.  Jurors are permitted to infer the intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture from the facts and circumstances surrounding the events of the arrest.  A felony conviction under this section is classified as a class B felony which carries potential sentence between 8 to 30 years and a fine to not exceed $100,000.00.  The fine is increased to $200,000.00 if the defendant is convicted with possession of 26 grams or more.  The grand prize of a Class A Felony is given to those who possess over 300 grams or more of ecstasy.  A class A Felony carries a maximum jail term of 60 years and a fine to not exceed $500,000.00.

The Ecstasy crime discussed above is for those charged under Tennessee drug laws.  However, it is possible that a defendant could also be charged for a violation under Federal law or a city ordinance.  All Ecstasy charges should be taken seriously.  Drug laws are complex and difficult to navigate with the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney.  If I can be of any assistance in your case, give me a call @ 615-345-1988.  I have over 16 years of drug crime defense and I know how to get results.

Ecstasy is a Schedule I Drug under Tennessee Law, which means you will face severe penalties if you are caught with it.  For that sole reason, Tennessee ecstasy cases require an experienced, competent, and aggressive criminal defense attorney who understands the "ins and outs" of felony drug cases.

     Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, E, or x is one of the most popular recreational drugs in the United States.  In the early 1980's, recreational use of Ecstasy rose in dance clubs because it produces a sense of intimacy with others and diminished feelings of fear and anxiety.  Ecstasy is now associated primarily with rave parties, concerts, and electronic club music.  Although once a legal drug, it was outlawed by Congress in conjunction with the FDA in the mid-1980's. 

      Although some medical experts believe minimal use of Ecstasy is not harmful, drug laws in Tennessee are tough on Ecstasy use, possession, manufacture, creation, sale, and delivery.  Ecstasy cases are difficult because even the smallest amount of the drug could still be used as bases for a felony conviction.  Most likely the Government will proceed under either a simple possession or felony theory.

     Simple Possession or Casual Exchange of Ecstasy is defined under Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-17-418 as an act where a person “knowingly” possesses or casually exchanges a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of professional practice."  Simple possession of ecstasy is a class A misdemeanor where a conviction carries a jail sentence to not exceed 11 months and 29 days and a fine to not exceed $2,500.00.

     Felony sale, delivery or manufacture of Ecstasy is defined under Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-17-417.  Under this section, a person who knowingly sells, delivers, or manufactures ecstasy violates Tennessee Drug Laws.  Jurors are permitted to infer the intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture from the facts and circumstances surrounding the events of the arrest.  A felony conviction under this section is classified as a class B felony which carries potential sentence between 8 to 30 years and a fine to not exceed $100,000.00.  The fine is increased to $200,000.00 if the defendant is convicted with possession of 26 grams or more.  The grand prize of a Class A Felony is given to those who possess over 300 grams or more of ecstasy.  A class A Felony carries a maximum jail term of 60 years and a fine to not exceed $500,000.00.

     The Ecstasy crime discussed above is for those charged under Tennessee drug laws.  However, it is possible that a defendant could also be charged for a violation under Federal law or a city ordinance.  All Ecstasy charges should be taken seriously.  Drug laws are complex and difficult to navigate with the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney.  If I can be of any assistance in your case, give me a call @ 615-345-1988.  I have over 16 years of drug crime defense and I know how to get results.

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