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Manufacturing a Controlled Substance

Houston Manufacturing a Controlled Substance Attorney – Shahin Zamir

Drug laws in Texas provide penalties for drug crimes based on the perceived seriousness of the offense. In general, penalties for the manufacture of controlled substances are more severe than the punishments for possession of drugs. The type of substance being made and the amount involved in the case play major roles in determining the sentence.

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Common Types of Controlled Substances

Although people may produce and possess several kinds of controlled substances, there are few substances that are most frequently the target of manufacture cases.

Methamphetamine, or “crystal meth,” is one of the drugs most commonly associated with drug making cases. Meth production has increased in popularity in recent years as illegal labs have sprung up in many places. The materials used in the making of meth are inexpensive and generally easy to obtain, and a meth lab can be built almost anywhere. This is one reason meth manufacture is so common.

Although growing marijuana (cannabis) may not seem to fit the definition of “manufacturing,” it is still considered to be production under the law.

Production of Controlled Substances Penalties

Legal punishments for manufacturing controlled substances are determined by a variety of factors. Most often, these factors are the type of drug being made, the amount seized by law enforcement and evidence of distribution of the drug. Potential penalties can include:

  • Production of less than one gram of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Creation of more than four grams but less than 400 grams of Ecstasy, PCP or mescaline is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. A conviction for this charge can also result in a life sentence.
  • Manufacture of .25 ounces up to five pounds of marijuana is a state jail felony that can carry a sentence of 180 days to two years in a state jail facility and up to $10,000 in fines.

An attorney who has experience defending against charges of controlled substance manufacture may be able to help prepare a legal defense. The manufacturing a controlled substance lawyer will know that the prosecution must be able to prove every aspect of their case beyond a reasonable doubt to secure a conviction and can use this to the defendant’s advantage.

For example, if the attorney can show that the defendant cannot be conclusively linked to the production site, the charges may be dropped.

Get in Touch With a Manufacturing a Controlled Substance Attorney in Houston, TX

To learn more about illegal drug production charges, talk to attorney Shahin Zamir at 713-223-8900.