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DEFENSES FOR DRUG MANUFACTURING CHARGES in Orange County

Being accused of any drug crime can result in serious consequences including jail or prison time, probation and fines. While possession and sale of drugs could land you in a lot of legal hot water, manufacturing drugs is an even more serious crime that is not taken lightly by the authorities. If you have been charged with manufacturing drugs in Orange County, it is important that you have an extremely skilled and experienced drug crime defense attorney who will devise a solid defense strategy to help get the charges reduced or obtain an acquittal in your case.

What the Law States

Under the Health & Safety Code Section 11379.6, manufacturing, producing, processing or compounding any type of controlled substance is illegal. Some common examples of drug manufacturing including processing marijuana or mixing chemicals that are used to make other controlled substances such as methamphetamine. The crime of manufacturing drugs is almost always charged as a felony crime. Penalties for manufacturing drugs include prison time, significant fines and penalties and probation.

If the location where the drugs are being manufactured is close to schools or playgrounds or near children, or if someone was injured or killed during the drug manufacturing process, the defendant could be looking at additional jail time. The penalties for manufacturing drugs and other controlled substances could include up to seven years in county jail and up to $50,000 in fines.

Defendants may also be looking at additional jail or prison time if they have prior drug-related convictions; if they have been convicted of manufacturing a large amount controlled substances containing GHC, PCP or amphetamines; if they have engaged in some activity that results in the commission of other related offenses; or if the drug manufacturing process has resulted in serious injury or death to other individuals.

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