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MDMA Laws in California

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MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, is generally used as a party or rave drug and is known to stimulate a euphoric high. According to the CSA, MDMA has no valid medical value and a high potential for drug abuse making it a Schedule I drug. This is the most serious classification for a controlled substance making it illegal to possess, sell or make.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime involving MDMA, it is imperative that you have a competent and experienced lawyer in Los Angeles by your side to protect you and your loved ones. In doing so, you may be able to avoid a conviction and even get the charges dismissed.


MDMA possession violates the California Safety and Health Code 11377. Most frequently, a simple possession will be charged as a misdemeanor. In California, this conviction can include up to one year in a county jail and/or a $1000 fine. There are drug diversion programs that can be offered to offenders where instead of serving jail time, they would undergo treatment and rehabilitation. All charges related would be dropped once the program is completed.

However, if someone has a prior conviction, possession of MDMA for personal use can be charged as a felony. These prior convictions can include sex crimes and/or serious offenses like murder. If convicted, this sentence can include a $10,000 fine and/or 16 months, two or three years in a state prison.

Possession with the Intent to Sell

Possession of MDMA with the intent to sell or distribute violates the California Safety and Health Code 11378 and will be charged as felony. The sentence may include a $10,000 fine and/or 16 months, two or three years in a state prison.

MDMA Trafficking

If a person has manufactured, transported, distributed and/or sold MDMA, they are in violation of the California Safety and Health Code 11379. These are felony charges and can result in two, three, or four years in state prison and/or a $10,000 fine. A person may face up to three, six, or nine years if they crossed more than two county lines.

The federal government may become involved if large quantities are being transported and/or state lines were crossed.

Fighting MDMA Related Charges

Legal defense to any of these charges really depend on the circumstances of the case. However, common defense strategies include the drug was found during an illegal search, you did not know the drug was considered a controlled substance, or the drugs belonged to somebody else.

When it comes to fighting these charges, it is always best to have an experienced defense attorney on your side. Our dedicated lawyers at Premier Federal Criminal Defenders know the most effective defense strategies when fighting California drug charges and will always have your best interest in mind. Call today for a free consultation and protect your freedom 1-800-455-6200.

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