Drug Manufacturing Charges
Manufacturing or growing illegal drugs involves severe charges in the state of Florida. Drug manufacturing charges can stem from operating a building that grows marijuana, running a meth lab, cultivating cocaine or heroin, and/or possessing or trafficking chemicals that used in the manufacturing of narcotics.
Drug manufacturing charges can be prosecuted at state and federal levels, but the majority are investigated and prosecuted by state authorities. Federal drug manufacturing charges are much more severe, and can result in up to life in prison and fines of more than $1,ooo,ooo, depending on the type and quantity of drug manufactured.
What are the penalties?
Certain drug manufacturing charges can lead to mandatory minimum prison terms. The type and quantity of the substance manufactured are the main determinants in the charge against drug manufacturing cases. Most charges range from a minimum of five years in prison and a fine of $5,000, to up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $200,000 or more. If possession exceeds certain weight limits on some drugs, the penalty can include a lifetime prison sentence.
The typical punishments outlined above can become more severe based on a few factors, including the location and age of individuals involved. Drugs cultivated or manufactured within 1,000 feet of certain schools, public parks, churches, and homes result in prosecution as a felony of the first degree instead of a second degree felony. If the defendant is over the age of 18 and the sale of the drug is to a minor or involves a minor, the resulting charge will be a felony of either the first or second degree.
Activities related to drug manufacturing are also punishable under Florida state laws. This could include individuals who rent a building or room for the purpose of manufacturing illegal drugs, as well as possessing chemicals used in drug manufacturing. These offenses commonly result in second or third degree felonies.
Defense Against Drug Manufacturing
If you have been charged with a drug manufacturing offense, contacting an experienced defense attorney right away is critical. The attorneys at Joffe Law, P. A. have many years of experience in defending drug cultivation and manufacturing charges. Unlawful search or seizure of drugs and evidence, as well as medical necessity in order to avoid a greater harm are common defenses against drug manufacturing charges.
Contact the defense attorneys at Joffe Law, P.A. at 954-723-0007 today so we can start discussing the details of your charges today.