Will MDMA (a/k/a Ecstasy or Molly) Overdose at Electric Forest Impact Criminal / Drug Cases?
An autopsy has revealed that a young man, who died at the Electric Forest Festival in 2014, died as the result of “acute methylnedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity,” or an overdose of MDMA. Click here for more from a news article on the autopsy. Nobody has been charged yet for their involvement in the accidental death, though there are harsh state and federal penalties for those convicted of delivery of drug causing death (for instance, federal law (18 U.S.C. § 841(b)) provides a 20-year mandatory minimum for anybody convicted of delivering a controlled substance that causes the death of another person). How might this unfortunate and tragic death impact other drugs cases / prosecutions arising out of the Electric Forest Festival? In short, it could change public opinion about the event and put more pressure on the prosecutor to crackdown on anybody caught dealing drugs at the concert in Oceana County in Rothbury, Michigan. Similarly, it could also provide the prosecutor with an argument to justify harsher sentences, given the risk presented by the use of drugs like MDMA, as evidenced by the death in this particular case. Hopefully, the harsh penalties provided by law are reserved for those who actually deserve it and it does not have a spillover effect on run-of-the-mill drug cases. There are a lot of young people at the festival who can’t afford to have a felony drug charge on their record as they move forward with their lives.
If you or somebody you know is accused of a drug crime at the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury or Hart, Michigan, call the Electric Forest Festival attorneys at Springstead & Bartish for a free consultation. (231) 924-8700 or (616) 458-5500.
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