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Musical festivals and raves have become quite popular over the years both globally and in America as a nation. The state of Louisiana hosts many of these festivals that are almost equivalent to a massive party with incredibly loud music and tons of people. Some of these notable events include the Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival, Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, Bayou Country Superfest, and more.
These music festivals and parties can be very fun and enjoyable, but they are also a prominent place for drug usage, especially for narcotics like MDMA which is more commonly known as Ecstasy in tablet form. The use of MDMA has steadily increased over the years in the United States especially with the rise of music festivals and raves that attract millions of young adults every year, like EDC, Hard Summer, and Coachella.
MDMA is also commonly found at house parties that occur on or near college campuses. The Ecstasy tablets are even sometimes handed out at the house parties. This increases the recreational use of the drug and makes it common among the student population. The state of Louisiana has numerous universities including in Livingston Parish which are a likely environment for MDMA to thrive in. However, because of the illegal schedule I status of MDMA, it can cause many legal issues for people and Carl Barkemeyer, drug defense lawyer, is here to help.
To understand the ins and outs of MDMA usage in Louisiana and Denham Springs, we must first understand what MDMA actually is and how it works. MDMA is a Schedule 1 psychoactive drug that is mostly used recreationally by a wide range of people including recreational drug users and hardcore addicts alike. Ecstasy is the tablet form of MDMA which usually contains adulterants or dilutants and is easy to distribute and hide when in possession. MDMA can also be produced as a crystalline powder called ‘molly’ or ‘mandy’ and usually does not contain those adulterants or dilutants when in this form.
The desired effects of MDMA include increased energy, empathy, and pleasure as well as altered senses and sometimes hallucinations. These psychological changes usually go into effect in about 30-45 minutes when taken by mouth and can last for up to 6 hours. MDMA is part of the amphetamine class of narcotics and has no approved medical uses as shown by its schedule 1 determination by the federal government.
MDMA has many adverse side effects, both short and long term. These can range anywhere from insomnia, hyperthermia, and loss of appetite to anxiety, depression, loss of memory, and sometimes even long term brain impairment for consistent users. MDMA can also cause severe overdose which can lead to loss of consciousness, convulsions, hepatitis, coma, and more. It is a very serious drug that can have a severe impact on both a person’s mental and physical health.
Were you charged with possession or distribution of MDMA in Louisiana or Livingston Parish in particular? The punishments for these charges can be quite stringent and are aimed at cutting down the use of MDMA in Louisiana. First off, the punishment for possession of MDMA in Livingston Parish is imprisonment at hard labor for up to 10 years and a potential fine of up to $500.00. Possession of a narcotic is usually a lighter than punishment than manufacturing or distributing. The punishments for manufacturing/distributing MDMA in Livingston Parish is imprisonment at hard labor for 5 - 30 years and a potential fine of up to $50,000.00.
Because MDMA is such a serious drug and offense, the punishments for it have been written with severe consequences that can really negatively impact a person’s life as well as the lives of their loved ones. If you have been charged with an MDMA offense in Denham Springs or Louisiana as a whole, it is a good idea to contact Carl Barkemeyer and learn about the charges so that we can help you fight the charges in court and try to reduce the punishments.
The answer to this question is yes, there are alternatives to jail time and fines that can be acquired with the help from our drug defense lawyers if you were charged with MDMA offenses. In the event the prosecutor has a good case against a client, we take an alternative, yet aggressive, approach to getting a more positive and healthy result. We coordinate treatment and rehabilitation which may lead to a better deal with the prosecution. We also have many contacts within the system that understand drug treatment and rehabilitation, especially with experience dealing with MDMA related offenses. Treatment is often times the best route to take that will actually end up benefiting the client in many ways. Treatment may help get a better result in his/her criminal case but also take care of the underlying issue of drug addiction so the client can become more happy and functional in their personal life without the use of drugs like MDMA.
Were you recently charged with an MDMA offense including possession, manufacturing or distributing in Livingston Parish or Denham Springs, Louisiana? If so, Carl Barkemeyer is here to help you. We have a team of drug defense lawyers that are experienced and very knowledgeable with drug offenses including MDMA and Ecstasy. The punishments for MDMA charges in Louisiana are very strict and can cause great harm to your and your family’s personal lives. We can help you in your defense by fighting for your case and trying to help with alternatives to punishment including treatment and rehabilitation which is a healthier option for most drug users and addicts. If you or a loved one has been charged with an MDMA offense in Livingston Parish, call Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney, at (225) 964-6720.