Criminal Charges for Manufacture of Drugs

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California Health and Safety Code Section 11379.6 HS makes it a crime to manufacture narcotics or controlled substances. Furthermore, it also prohibits engaging in or even offering to engage in any step of the manufacturing process.

Examples of manufacturing drugs include:

  • Operating a methamphetamine ("meth") lab
  • Mixing chemicals to be used to manufacture narcotics

A violation of 11379.6 HS is a serious felony offense. If you are being accused of manufacturing drugs, you should immediately contact an Orange County criminal defense lawyer at The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. With a seasoned attorney on your side, you stand the best chance of securing a favorable outcome in your case and may potentially avoid maximum penalty. We encourage you to contact our firm as soon as possible after your arrest in order to begin your defense.

Penalties for Illegal Drug Manufacture

In order to be found guilty of a drug manufacturing crime, the following elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The defendant took part in the manufacturing, converting, compounding, processing, preparing, deriving, or producing of an illegal substance via extraction or chemical synthesis
  • The defendant was aware that the substance was an illegal drug

California law mandates that an individual convicted of a violation of 11379.6 HS may be ordered to serve three, five, or seven years in prison and pay a fine of up to $50,000. However, there are a number of other circumstances that could enhance this punishment. For example, if a person is found to have been manufacturing narcotics in a place where children reside, they could face an additional five years in prison. Or, if a person is convicted of manufacturing a very large quantity of drugs, or if it can be proven that the drugs they manufactured directly contributed to the death of another person, he or she can expect more severe penalties.

Possible Defenses

Being accused of making illegal drugs is serious, but an accusation does not equal a conviction. There are a number of possible defenses that may apply to your case, including:

  • The items used to manufacture the drugs were not yours
  • You were in the wrong place at the wrong time and had nothing to do with the drug manufacture
  • The police conducted an illegal search and seizure of your property
  • You didn’t actually initiate the drug manufacture process

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The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. has skillfully protected Southern Californians who have been accused of serious drug offenses since 1989. Trusted and respected by peers and clients alike, the firm has a thorough understanding of both state and federal drug laws and is available to offer assistance in even the toughest cases. We are creative in our approach and always committed to protecting the best interests of our clients. Don’t risk a felony conviction – call our firm today to take the first step toward safeguarding your future.

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