It is unlawful to manufacture any substance listed as a controlled substance in Washington statutes. If you’ve been charged with illegally manufacturing a controlled substance, you’ll want to consult a defense attorney as soon as possible. For a well-established firm with some of the toughest, brightest defense counselors in the state, call Daryl L. Graves, PLLC.
Drug Manufacturing Charges
In RCW 69.50.101(3)(s), drug manufacturing is defined as “the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion, or processing of a controlled substance, either directly or indirectly or by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging or repackaging of the substance or labeling or relabeling of its container.” Practitioners licensed to manufacture are exempt from penalties.
The type of offense with which you’ll be charged depends on upon the type of drug you were accused of manufacturing. Manufacturing/cultivating marijuana by unlicensed individuals is still illegal in the state. The possible penalties depend upon the amount of marijuana found. If the drug was a narcotic (e.g., heroin, cocaine, methadone) or a methamphetamine (e.g., molly, ecstasy, meth), it’s considered a class B felony. Manufacturing of all other drugs is considered a class C felony.
Penalties for Drug Manufacturing
Many factors affect how someone will be penalized for a drug manufacturing conviction, including the type of drug, amount, existence of any prior convictions, and whether or not the manufacturing was taking place on certain protected properties, such as a school.
Below are some of the state’s sentencing guidelines:
- Class B felony – If the drug manufacturing charge is labeled as a class B felony, the crime is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $25,000 fine. However, if more than 2 kilograms of the drug was confiscated, the fine can exceed $100,000.
- Class C felony – This type of felony conviction can incur a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.
- Marijuana manufacturing – Illegal cannabis manufacturing can incur the following penalties: six months in jail and a $10,000 fine for under 40 grams; up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine for more than 40 grams; subsequent convictions double the above penalties; and manufacturing within 1,000 feet of a school likewise can double the penalties.
Defenses for Drug Manufacturing
There are several defenses for drug manufacturing charges that our drug crime attorneys have utilized effectively. Much depends upon the circumstances. For example, with complete innocence, we can help provide a defense that the drugs and manufacturing materials were not yours or produce evidence that you were licensed to manufacture the drug.
If the charges were based upon an unlawful search and seizure, we can try to get the evidence thrown out or the case dismissed. In some cases, charges are wrongfully upgraded from possession to manufacturing. For example, if you’re pulled over and are found with pseudoephedrine (used to make meth) in your car, it may just be a simple possession charge. However, if the officer sees items commonly found in a meth lab on your floorboard, he or she might arrest you for manufacturing.
Should you work with our team, we will evaluate all the facts of your case carefully and fight for the best possible outcome, such as mitigated charges, reduced penalties or dropped charges/acquittal.
Consulting a Drug Manufacturing Defense Lawyer in Washington
A strong defense is necessary with serious charges such as drug manufacturing. Your future and your freedom are on the line. Let our tenacious team at Daryl L. Graves, PLLC in Washington help. Call us today at 253-383-7777 and see how our criminal defense lawyers can assist you.