Playing a role in the manufacturing or cultivation of an illegal drug can lead to severe penalties in Texas. The state has a strict stance on possession, distribution, and every other phase of dealing drugs. Depending on the specific drug and quantity, manufacturers can face up to 99 years in prison in addition to harsh fines. Conviction for drug crimes can force you to surrender your freedom.
If you are facing charges of drug manufacturing, seek the aid of an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney. Our attorneys, Keith and Kevin Harris, have vast experience working as both criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys. They use that experience to provide aggressive defense to their Dallas neighbors accused of criminal charges.
Both state and federal drug laws allow authorities to prosecute anyone involved in the cultivation or manufacturing of a controlled substance. The law defines cultivation as the growing or otherwise producing naturally occurring elements with intent to create a controlled substance. This typically applies to drugs such as marijuana seeds, any other part of a marijuana plant, or paraphernalia used to cultivate marijuana. Merely possessing any part of the plant with intent to cultivate may count as a more serious crime than possession.
Manufacturing typically involves making controlled substances through a chemical process by using a laboratory. This includes manufacturers creating drugs such as methamphetamines, LSD, and cocaine.
SERIOUS DRUG CHARGES REQUIRE A SERIOUS DEFENSE
Punishment for drug manufacturing or cultivating varies depending on the quantity and type of drug. Additional factors in sentencing include the method of manufacturing and any past convictions.
Texas drug law divides controlled substances into five categories. Many drugs on the following list are legal if the owner possesses a valid prescription. However, authorities classify marijuana into a separate category, which also carries significant penalties for cultivation. Below are some examples of the drugs included in each category:
Penalty Group 1 – Methamphetamines, cocaine, and heroin
Penalty Group 1A – LSD
Penalty Group 2 – Ecstasy, mushrooms, and PCP
Penalty Group 3 – Human growth hormone (HGH), peyote, and steroids
Penalty Group 4 – Compounds containing dionine, morphine, buprenorphine, or pryovalerone
The penalties for drug manufacturing are similar to drug trafficking or distribution charges. However, the justice system reserves the most severe punishments for those charged with Penalty Group 1 offenses. Just one gram of any of these drugs results in second-degree felony charges that can include two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. This is in contrast to cultivating just one ounce of marijuana, which may result in fines of up to $10,000 and up to two years in prison.
If you are currently facing charges of drug manufacturing, our Dallas-based legal team can investigate your case. This includes examining the evidence against you, which may be tainted or illegally obtained (in which case that could ultimately lead to a dismissal of the charges against you). Other factors can also assist in your defense that must be brought before the court by your attorney.
At Harris & Harris Law Group, we offer aggressive representation for criminal cases and may be able to help you bring a solid defense against charges associated with drug manufacturing and cultivation. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can get to work on your case.