Possession of Ecstasy in Illinois

EcstasyPossession of Ecstasy Laws in Illinois

Ecstasy is the street name for MDMA.  In Illinois, it is against the law to be in possession of any amount of Ecstasy.  The law and possible penalties for Possession of Ecstasy in Illinois can be found at 720 ILCS 570/402. The possession of any amount of Ecstasy is a felony.  Since there is no accepted medical use for Ecstasy, it is considered a Schedule 1 drug in Illinois.  A Schedule 1 drug is a drug that has a high potential for abuse and has no accepted medical use.  Generally, all recreational drugs are considered Schedule 1 drugs in Illinois.

Possible Penalties of Possession of Ecstasy

The possible penalties for Possession of Ecstasy depend on how many tablets of Ecstasy are recovered.  The penalties are listed as follows:

0-15 Tablets – Class 4.  1 – 3 yrs.  Probation is available.
15-200 Tablets – Class 1 felony with a mandatory minimum of 4 to 15 years in prison.  Probation is not available.
200-600 Tablets – Class 1 felony with a mandatory minimum of 8 to 40 years in prison.  Probation is not available.
Over 1500 Tablets – Class 1 felony with a mandatory minimum of 10 to 50 years in prison.  Probation is not available.

Possible Penalties for Delivery of Ecstasy

If you are caught with a large amount of Ecstasy, or if you are caught selling or trying to sell ecstasy, you may be charged with Delivery of Ecstasy.  The penalties for Delivery of Ecstasy can be found at 720 ILCS 570/401. Delivery of as little as half a tablet of Ecstasy can carry a mandatory minimum 3 year prison sentence. However, if you are caught trying to sell 15 or more tablets of ecstasy  you can be charged with a Class X felony which carries a minimum of 6 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison without the possibility of being sentenced to probation.

Why Hire Us To Be Your Lawyer For Your Ecstasy Case?

Since 2002, a number of highly publicized deaths among teenagers has occurred as a result of the use of Ecstasy.  Since then the Illinois legislature has made a lot of changes to the law that have seriously increased the penalties for people facing Ecstasy charges.  This is why it is important that you hire an attorney that knows what they are doing and how to handle Ecstasy cases.  An Ecstasy case is not like a typical drug case and you need to make sure that the attorney you hire for your case understands that and has experience handling such cases.

I will use my many years of experience to explore every possible option to win your case.  I know what I am doing.  I will devote my time and efforts to do all I can to help you stay out of jail and defend you in Court.

James Dimeas is an award winning Chicago criminal defense attorney and author with more than 23 years of experience aggressively representing his clients in ecstasy cases.  If you have an ecstasy case in Illinois, contact me in Chicago (312-229-5500), DuPage and Kane (630-504-2096) or Lake (847-696-6458) for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal options.

Additional Resources:

Illinois Controlled Substances Act, 720 ILCS 570/402.

Delivery of Controlled Substances Statute, 720 ILCS 570/401.