College has always been a time for personal growth and exploration. Though the substance of choice has changed over the years, for many students this means experimenting with drugs and alcohol.
Over the last few years, a drug called “Molly” (otherwise known as Ecstasy or MDMA) has become increasingly popular on college campuses. Unfortunately, the drug’s ubiquity has lulled many students into a false sense of security. They confuse easy availability with safety, and general social acceptance with legal tolerance.
In reality, Molly can unpredictable and dangerous, and the legal consequences quite severe. Here’s what you need to know:
Possession of just one pill is a felony
That’s right, just one. And being convicted of a felony means you could go to prison for a very long time. Depending on the circumstances of the case and how much you’re caught with, you could be incarcerated for up to 12 years.
Your career could end before it starts
Even if you manage to stay out of prison, everything you worked for could be gone. A drug conviction can make you ineligible for federal student aid. A felony conviction will make you ineligible for a whole host of professional licenses and career paths.
The law sees you as a “dealer,” not a “generous friend”
It’s pretty common on college campuses for one person to bring Molly to a party to share, or for a group of friends to all pitch in on a bigger purchase. But, as far as the law is concerned, the person who carries the drugs isn’t someone doing a favor for their pals. They’re a drug dealer, and the penalties for selling Molly (or even giving it away for free) are very severe.
If something bad happens, you could be charged with murder
Molly is made in clandestine laboratories, not in well-regulated factories. There could be opiates, stimulants, or any number of unknown substances mixed in with the MDMA. In addition, some users experience adverse reactions that can result in organ damage and eventual death. If someone dies from using illegal drugs, the person who provided those drugs can be charged with homicide.
If you’re in trouble, get help right away
If you’ve been arrested for a drug-related crime, or you think you might be under investigation, it’s important to get help from a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Early legal intervention is the best bet when it comes to protecting your rights and your future.
Students in the Colorado Springs area can look to the attorneys at The Foley Law Firm for help.