Manufacture of Controlled Substances
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The Texas Controlled Substances Act makes it illegal to grow or manufacture certain stimulants without a pharmaceutical license. This act also makes it illegal to possess controlled substances or equipment that are needed to manufacture these illicit drugs. Drugs are broken down into penalty groups, and some examples of each one are below
- Group 1: Cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin
- Group 1A: LSD
- Group 2: Hallucinogens such as Ecstasy and mescaline
- Group 3: Ritalin and Xanax
- Group 4: Substances that contain Motofen, dionine or buprenorphine
Marijuana is in a penalty group of its own.
The punishment for growing or manufacturing controlled substances depends on the class of drug and the amount being produced. Penalties can also increase based upon where the crime was committed, as manufacturing drugs near a school zone is treated more harshly. Defendants who are found guilty of manufacturing controlled substances can face sanctions that include:
- Anywhere from 180 days to 99 years in prison
- Fines ranging from $10,000 to $250,000
As a condition of probation, defendants may be required to submit to random drug and alcohol testing. Individuals could also be sentenced to mandatory drug and alcohol counseling while they are confined in a state penitentiary.
Those who are fortunate enough to serve only a few years in prison will find their life has drastically changed once they are released. They could have difficulty finding employment and may also notice that others are unwilling to accept them because they are convicted felons.
Building a Strong Legal Defense
In order to ensure the best possible outcome, drug manufacturing lawyers will make sure police officers did not overstep their bounds when collecting evidence. If they did, a motion to suppress the evidence will likely be filed. It’s also essential that criminal defense attorneys ensure that drugs were properly classified and that amounts were not exaggerated, since this could ultimately affect the amount of punishment a defendant receives. Attorneys should also make the state prove there was intent to manufacture an illegal substance, since it is quite possible for a person to become the victim of a setup.
Hire a Houston Criminal Attorney for Manufacture of Controlled Substances Charges
Houston criminal attorney Mario Madrid is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is an important credential, as only 10 percent of all criminal defense attorneys in the state are awarded this distinction.
He has handled numerous drug cases throughout the years, including a number of ones related to manufacturing a controlled substance. When you hire him as your criminal defense attorney, Mr. Madrid will do whatever it takes to get you the justice you deserve.
For a free and confidential legal consultation, those looking to retain a Houston criminal attorney who is the best in his class can contact Madrid Law at 713-877-9400.