Drug Manufacturing Involves Severe Penalties
New York law imposes various penalties for drug-related crimes, including possession, trafficking, and manufacturing. Manufacturing includes growing, cultivating, and producing controlled substances to be sold illegally. Because manufacturing typically involves producing large quantities for distribution, the consequences are much more severe than those for other drug crimes.
Manufacturing charges can also be brought in federal court, where the penalties are often more serious. A single conviction can result in fines as high as $250,000 and prison sentences that go all the way up to 99 years. If you are facing a manufacturing charge, do not assume you will be convicted. I have successfully defended drug manufacturing cases in both state and federal court.
Manufacturing Charges Are Very Broad
When it comes to drug manufacturing crimes, law enforcement officials cast a very broad net. Because making certain substances, such as methamphetamines, requires professional-grade lab equipment and large quantities of supplies, simply possessing certain items can land you in jail on a manufacturing charge.
Additionally, it is not uncommon for police to arrest pharmacists and lab technicians who have access to legal chemicals used to produce controlled substances. In some cases, even delivery truck drivers have found themselves accused of manufacturing illegal drugs. Although these individuals may be completely innocent of any crimes, they must still defend themselves against serious drug charges.
Prosecutors Aggressively Pursue Manufacturing Convictions
Although many within the criminal justice system feel sympathy toward individuals charged with abusing drugs, they feel nothing but contempt for the people who make them. As a result, they aggressively pursue convictions for drug manufacturing.
Prosecutors use every available evidence collection method, including wiretapping, surveillance, and the use of informants. Because the stakes are so high, you need a drug crime lawyer who will use just as many defense tactics to either reduce your charges or get your case dismissed.
Defenses to Drug Manufacturing
Because a drug manufacturing charge carries such strict penalties, the prosecution must satisfy the highest legal standard to obtain a conviction. Unless the government proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, you cannot be convicted. Through years of courtroom experience, I know how to uncover police mistakes and expose improper procedures.
Common law enforcement errors include illegal searches, improper seizures, and invalid warrants. Evidence obtained through illegal methods can result in your case being thrown out of court. Without a highly trained defense lawyer on your side, you risk missing these errors and forfeiting your rights.