Drug Manufacturing Defense in San Antonio

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One of the many drug crimes that individuals can be charged with is that of drug manufacturing. Under Texas law, manufacturing is defined as producing a drug other than marijuana, particularly when the individual does not have legal authorization to manufacture drugs.

Other actions that can count as manufacturing include:

  • Propagating
  • Preparing
  • Compounding
  • Converting
  • Processing

Furthermore, packaging/repackaging a drug or labeling/relabeling its container can also be counted as part of a manufacturing offense.

Manufacturing is one of the more serious drug offenses because it is typically seen as an indication that the alleged offender planned to illegally distribute and/or sell the drugs. In order for the manufacturing of a drug to be considered a crime, it must be shown that the individual was actually producing the drug with the intention of distributing it to others.

Have you been accused of drug manufacturing? If you have, you could be facing some very harsh penalties. Get the help you need by contacting my San Antonio criminal defense firm, the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski. I am a San Antonio drug crime lawyer who can help you stand up for your freedom!

Penalties You Could Face

The penalties that can be issued for a drug manufacturing conviction depend on the following factors:

  1. The type of drug that was manufactured
  2. The amount of the substance
  3. The nature of the operation

Methamphetamine is one drug that is commonly involved in drug manufacturing cases, as there are many people who run meth labs from their homes, garages, warehouses, etc. Under the Texas Health and Safety Code §481.112-114, drugs are mostly divided into four penalty groups. A sentence for a manufacturing conviction can span from a couple of years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000 to a life prison term and a fine of up to $250,000.

Furthermore, prison terms can be increased by up to 20 years and fines can reach as high as $300,000 if it is shown that a minor was present at the time that the drug was being manufactured (in certain types of situations). The manufacturing of miscellaneous substances not listed within the four penalty groups are considered Class A misdemeanors. Marijuana cultivation is also penalized differently than the drugs listed in the four penalty groups.

Strategic Defense Against Your Charges

At my law firm, I can help you determine the defense strategy that is best suited for your particular case. I might be able to help you show that you did not even know that the drug was on your property. It could also be possible to show that you had a valid prescription for the drug and you were growing it for your own personal use.

Whatever type of situation you are dealing with; do not hesitate to contact my firm for reliable legal guidance. As a former prosecutor and lawyer with a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, my experience is vast and my successes are numerous.

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