MDMA, which is a form of Ecstasy also known as “Molly” in the club scene, has become the new drug of the 21st century. It’s even caught the attention of the NFL. Just today, the league suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick four games for failing a drug test that showed “Molly” in his system. Scandrick claims that while he was vacationing in Mexico with a girlfriend, she provided him with the substance and slipped it into the cocktail they were drinking.
While this is how the NFL deals out justice, the criminal court is a whole other story. In the state of Florida, a person convicted of possession of MDMA will have their driver’s license revoked for one year. A judge can impose a combination of penalties such as up to five years in prison and five years in probation, as well as up to $5,000 in fines.
One possible defense a lawyer might suggest is that his client lacked knowledge about the drug. If the defense can prove that their client did not know the MDMA substance was even in their possession, that is a start. A prescription defense is much harder to use since MDMA is designated as a controlled substance. This means it has a high potential for abuse and there is no accepted medical use in the United States.
Florida lawmakers and prosecutors take all types of drug charges very seriously, even if you believe it not to be such a big deal. This is why it is important to have an experienced defense lawyer by your side to examine the procedure used during the arrest and the investigation that led to the arrest.