Behind the Party: Be Prepared for the Real Legal Risks to Party Drugs

Partying often comes with some less than ideal behavior. People drink more than they should, put themselves in riskier situations, and often, take party drugs.

While this can often seem like youthful exuberance, there can be real consequences. Unfortunately, those consequences are often brushed aside as the ideal of young people having fun gets the focus. The potential fun is never worth the trouble an individual can get in for being a part of that scene. For the sake of this article, I will avoid the most obvious risks, those related to health and safety, that sometimes get brought up. Instead, I want to talk about the legal risks young people run when they are part of the party scene. The truth is that the party scene can lead to serious legal consequences, even for those who aren’t indulging in these behaviors.

Consider the legal penalties for possessing ecstasy in Massachusetts. James Powderly Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney highlights some of the most serious legal issues an individual might face for ecstasy.

As a Class B drug, if the individual is charged simply with possession for a small amount of ecstasy, they are looking at a potential $1000 fine and up to a year in prison. Much more seriously, if an individual is charged with possession with intent for a large amount of ecstasy, they are facing up to $10,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison. That’s for a first offense. Offenses after the first have mandatory minimums associated with them, including a mandatory 2 years in prison and a mandatory $2,500 fine that can go up to $25,000.

In other words, the risks associated with ecstasy are very high. Mr. Powderly also points out that sometimes people can get wrapped up in these charges even when they personally were not in possession of the drug. They’ll then have to go to great expense to prove the drugs were not theirs.

There is a strong argument that the country should not prosecute drugs so strenuously, that there shouldn’t be mandatory minimums, and that drugs like ecstasy shouldn’t come with such serious punishments. While, again, there is much to be said for this argument, that isn’t the reality at the moment.

So, it is important to caution the young who are out there enjoying the party scene to be careful. Be aware of the risks to your health, your safety, and to your freedom. Think twice before making any risky choices, and be sure to have a plan if something goes wrong and you find yourself in legal jeopardy.

In that case, it is always best to get the best lawyer you can as soon as you can. While you may believe the use of party drugs shouldn’t involve law enforcement, law enforcement doesn’t agree, and you will need a good legal defense to avoid the consequences the system has in mind.

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