Ecstasy or MDMA Possession

In Nevada, possession of even the smallest amount of ecstasy is a felony. You may also be charged under the same laws if you have molly or other variants of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).

Prosecutors often charge people with “possession with intent to sell” even if they lack direct proof. Serious penalties, including mandatory minimum sentencing, apply to convictions for selling or trafficking ecstasy in Nevada.

Las Vegas Ecstasy Defense Lawyer

As a former federal public defender and prosecutor, Michael Pariente has accumulated an immense amount of legal knowledge and experience. Now that he is a dedicated defense attorney serving the Las Vegas area, he will use the legal skills he has honed to defend you.

If you have been accused of an ecstasy-related criminal offense in Paradise, Henderson, Clark County, Las Vegas, or the surrounding areas, contact Pariente Law Firm, P.C. today at (702) 966-5310. Michael Pariente is ready and eager to serve you.

Ecstasy Possession in Nevada

If you have any amount of ecstasy, you can be charged with unlawful possession as a felony under NRS § 453.336. Ecstasy possession includes not only what we normally think of as possession on your person, called “actual possession,” but also “constructive possession” for having ecstasy in areas under your control such as a glove compartment in your car and even “joint possession” such as having ecstasy in the living room of a house you share with roommates.

A first or second conviction of drug possession, including ecstasy possession, is a category E felony and will result in:

  • Minimum of one year up to four years in state prison, but likely to be eligible for probation; and
  • $5,000 fine.

A third or subsequent conviction of drug possession, including ecstasy possession, is a category D felony and will result in:

  • Minimum of one year up to four years in state prison, and not likely to be eligible for probation; and
  • $20,000 fine.

Ecstasy Trafficking and Sale

NRS § 453.337 makes it illegal to possess ecstasy with the intent to sell it. Often, prosecutors will attempt to charge people under this law who merely possess the drug for personal use by accusing them of intending to sell ecstasy. Circumstances that prosecutors will use in court to attempt to prove you intended to sell the ecstasy include:

  • The ecstasy was packaged in multiple small baggies or other containers;
  • You have a large amount of cash on you;
  • You were arrested at a club or other place that society associates with drug use; and/or
  • You were arrested in a high-crime area or an area police claim has a large amount of drug activity.

A first conviction of possession with intent to sell ecstasy is a category D felony and will result in:

  • Minimum of one year up to four years in state prison; and/or
  • $5,000 fine.

A second conviction of possession with intent to sell ecstasy is a category C felony and will result in:

  • Minimum of one year up to fiveyears in state prison; and/or
  • $10,000 fine.

A third or subsequent conviction of possession with intent to sell ecstasy is a category C felony and will result in:

  • Minimum of three years up to 15 years in state prison; and/or
  • $20,000 fine.

NRS § 453.321(1) makes it illegal to import, transport, sell, exchange, barter, supply, prescribe, dispense, give away, administer, manufacture, or compound ecstasy or any other form of MDMA, or attempt to do so. Any conviction under this section is a category B felony

A first conviction of selling ecstasy, or any other violation of NRS § 453.321, will result in:

  • Minimum of one year up to sixyears in state prison; and/or
  • $20,000 fine.

A conviction of selling ecstasy, or any other violation of NRS § 453.321, if you have a previous conviction under this law or a similar conviction from another state or federal court will result in:

  • Minimum of two years up to 10 years in state prison, with no probation; and/or
  • $20,000 fine.

A conviction of selling ecstasy, or any other violation of NRS § 453.321, if you have two or more previous convictions under this law or similar laws from another state or federal government will result in:

  • Minimum of three years up to 15 years in state prison, with no probation; and/or
  • $20,000 fine.

It is also possible to be charged under NRS 453.3385 if you are accused of knowingly or intentionally selling, manufacturing, delivering or transporting 4 grams or more of ecstasy in Nevada. Penalties depend on the amount involved.

If the amount is 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams, it is a category B felony punishable by:

  • Minimum of one year up to six years in state prison ; and/or
  • $50,000 fine.

If the amount is 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams, it is a category B felony punishable by:

  • Minimum of two years up to 15 years in state prison ; and/or
  • $100,000 fine.

If the amount is 28 grams or more, it is a category A felony punishable by:

  • 25 years or life in state prison, with no eligibility for parole until after 10 years ; and/or
  • $500,000 fine.

You may also face years or even decades in federal prison for trafficking in ecstasy, especially if the amount is large.

You may also face additional financial penalties in the form of asset forfeiture if you are accused of trafficking ecstasy, even if you are not convicted of the crime.

Defenses to Ecstasy Charges in Clark County

You may be able to defeat a charge based on an allegation of constructive or joint possession if you did not know the ecstasy was there. For example, if a roommate hid ecstasy in your apartment or truck without your knowledge, you should not be convicted of ecstasy charges.

A skilled Nevada criminal defense attorney may also be able to dispute a claim by the prosecution that the circumstances surrounding your arrest indicate intent to sell. A conviction for simple possession carries less severe penalties than a conviction for “intent to sell.”

Additionally, police may have mishandled evidence or violated your Constitutional rights to obtain it, for example if they illegally searched you, your vehicle, or your home without your consent and without a proper search warrant. If this is the case, then the prosecution can be prevented from using this evidence you in court.

You may also be able to avoid conviction for ecstasy possession by entering a diversion program such as a drug education or rehabilitation program, especially if it is the first time you have been arrested.

Finding the Best Ecstasy Attorney in Clark County, Nevada

Michael Pariente is an accomplished criminal defense lawyer who aggressively fights for clients accused of ecstasy-related crimes in Henderson, Clark County, Paradise, Las Vegas, Spring Valley, and the surrounding areas. Whether you are a resident or a tourist, rest assured that Pariente Law Firm, P.C. will handle your case with the vigor and personal attention it deserves.

If you have been arrested on ecstasy-related charges in and around Las Vegas, contact Michael Pariente today at (702) 966-5310 or submit an online form. He has the knowledge and experience necessary to assist you against any drug charge, and he will dedicate his time to ensuring you have the best defense possible.

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