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“Breaking Bad” was a fun series to watch. Being Walter White in real life is no fun – especially if you get caught. There is drug possession. Serious. There is drug dealing. More serious. Then there is drug manufacturing. As serious; punished like drug dealing. Manufacturing is a big deal, and it doesn’t just apply to “cooking up” methamphetamine. The potential punishment for manufacturing any controlled substance in Indiana depends on what you’re manufacturing, but the possibility for prison sentences absolutely comes into play if you are charged and convicted of this crime.

Having an Indiana drug crimes lawyer with experience investigating these cases is critical to your defense. If evidence against you is illegally seized, those lawyers might be able to exclude that evidence from being introduced against you in court. With lawyers who will fight the state’s case, up to and including trying these cases to juries, you have your best line of defense. The Board Certified* attorneys at The Criminal Defense Team have helped people defend against drug manufacturing charges before. Contact us at (317) 687-8326 so we can help you.

How a Drug Manufacturing Defense Attorney Can Help You

A drug manufacturing charge is not the same thing as possessing or using a controlled substance. It is considered a much more serious crime. Prosecutors will aggressively pursue drug manufacturing cases because stopping the alleged operation is seen as a step in the right direction when it comes to reducing the number of drugs available out on the streets. If you’ve been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance of any kind, you may be in for an uphill battle. That’s why you need an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side from day one.

At The Criminal Defense Team, we know just how seriously Indiana prosecutors and courts consider drug manufacturing crimes to be. A conviction of this magnitude can significantly damage an individual’s personal and professional reputation and their entire future. That’s why, if you’ve been charged with any type of drug manufacturing charge, you need the immediate assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. A seasoned attorney with The Criminal Defense Team can help protect your rights and craft a defense strategy that gives you the best chance at a favorable outcome.

Before you talk to anyone, talk to the legal team with The Criminal Defense Team. We are ready to put our skills to work for you. Contact us immediately and request a free consultation. You deserve quality legal representation.

What is Drug Manufacturing?

Yes, Breaking Bad made drug manufacturing look like a complex and time-consuming process. Even when they were working out of an RV, the process was long, arduous, and complex. However, drug manufacturing isn’t always the same as it is portrayed on television and in the movies, and drug manufacturing charges can actually stick when an individual is involved in any part of the manufacturing process. So, what is drug manufacturing, technically?

Although the legal definition can vary from state to state, essentially, drug manufacturing is any process that produces an illegal substance. This can be through either synthetic means or natural extraction processes. The two most common examples of this process include mixing chemicals and other components to create methamphetamine or growing and harvesting marijuana plants.

Drug manufacturing is more than just possessing a substance. It is about having the necessary equipment, tools, and means to produce the substance. Sometimes it may require specialized ingredients or gear and be a complex process. Other times it may be as simple as growing a plant or being a “home cook.” Either way, the manufacturing of drugs is considered an extremely serious crime by Indiana courts.

Penalties for Manufacturing Drugs

It is difficult to define the penalties for manufacturing drugs in generic terms. Yes, being found guilty of manufacturing drugs can result in serious jail time, fines, probation, and other penalties. However, how much money and jail time you may be on the hook for varies greatly depending on the type of substance you are accused of manufacturing. Drug-related crimes can be complex because of how the legal system categorizes different types of substances. While being accused of manufacturing one substance may result in six months in jail, manufacturing another substance can result in 30 years in prison.

Some of the most common drug manufacturing charges and resulting penalties stem from the following:

Manufacturing Marijuana or Hashish

Up to 30 grams

  • Class A misdemeanor
  • Fines up to $5,000
  • Jail time up to 1 year

Between 30 grams and 10 pounds

  • Level 6 felony
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Jail time from 6 months to 2 ½ years in prison

10 pounds or more

  • Level 5 felony
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Prison time from 1 to 6 years

Manufacturing Methamphetamine

Up to 5 grams

  • Level 4 felony
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Prison time from 2 to 12 years

5 grams but less than 10 grams

  • Level 3 felony
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Prison time from 3 to 16 years

At least 10 grams or more

  • Level 2 felony
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Prison time from 10 to 30 years

Manufacturing of Drug Paraphernalia

  • Level 6 felony
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Jail time from 6 months to 2 ½ years in prison

Manufacturing of Counterfeit Controlled Substances

  • Level 6 felony
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Prison time from 6 months to 2 ½ years

While the list is extensive, there are other controlled substances that may trigger a drug manufacturing charge. Again, drug manufacturing charges are complex. The penalties associated with the charge can depend upon the type of drugs being manufactured, such as methamphetamine or marijuana, and how much of the drug was found. Penalties may also vary depending on whether the accused has previous drug-related offenses on their record.

Previous offenses can trigger more severe penalties. Other factors may spark more severe penalties as well. If the manufacture of the drug results in the serious bodily injury of an individual or the death of another person, the accused may face stiffer punishment.

Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to drug manufacturing charges is that they are often accompanied by other serious charges. These charges may include possessing the items to manufacture drugs and even charges for environmental contamination since the production of substances like methamphetamine can be hazardous. The presence of additional charges can complicate your case and also increase the penalties that you may be facing.

In addition to fines, jail or prison time, and probation, drug-related charges may also result in other serious repercussions. Having a drug crime on your record can make life after your legal consequences difficult. A conviction may mean losing your job or having difficulty securing a new job. It may be challenging to secure a rental home, and you can face difficulties securing a loan. You may even lose your professional or state license to practice in your chosen career field. One drug conviction can have a ripple effect, impacting every aspect of your life from here on out.

What to Do If You’ve Been Arrested for Drug Manufacturing

Being arrested for anything can be a frightening experience. You may not know what to expect, and although law enforcement has a duty to read you your rights, it can be hard to focus on what those rights are when you are in the thick of an emotional and traumatic event. During this time, it is important to try and keep calm and not lose your head.

Law enforcement will want to talk to you about the situation. They will want information about how you were involved in the manufacturing operation and the names of other people involved. It can feel like you are constantly being bombarded with questions. Officers may ask for your cooperation in exchange for something that may seem like a benefit to you.

Before you begin talking, you need to seek the advice of an experienced defense attorney. You have the right to consult an attorney and have that person present during questioning. Although you may feel like you have nothing to hide, you need to ensure that your rights are being respected and protected, and having an attorney with you is the best way to accomplish that.

If you can be released on bond, it is vital that you only talk about your situation with your legal counsel. Never discuss your case with other inmates or post about your situation on social media. This information can be manipulated or used against you down the road.

It is important to keep information about your charges to yourself and not even discuss the details with family or friends. During this time, it is also advisable that you avoid further contact with law enforcement officials for any reason. You do not want to face additional charges at the same time that you are fighting drug manufacturing charges.

Contact The Criminal Defense Team Today

It can’t be underscored enough. Drug manufacturing charges are serious. Your job, livelihood, reputation, relationships, and even your future, may all be on the line. You can’t travel this path alone. You need the advice and legal help that only an experienced defense attorney can provide. At The Criminal Defense Team, we help defend people just like you from drug manufacturing charges and strive to build a case that offers you the best opportunity for a favorable outcome for your situation.

You have legal rights, and those rights must be protected. Contact an attorney with The Criminal Defense Team today to discuss your situation. We can review the circumstances of your case and talk about defense strategies that may apply to your situation.

To request a free consultation, call us now at (317) 687-8326. You don’t have time to waste. Day or night, if you’ve been charged with manufacturing drugs, call us immediately, and let’s get started sorting through your case.

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