Los Angeles Drug Manufacturing Defense Attorneys
If you are accused of drug manufacturing in the Los Angeles area, you are facing a stressful, difficult, and frightening legal situation. Drug manufacturing is a felony offense. The charge is filed when a person is accused of manufacturing several types of controlled substances by chemical processes. The most commonly manufactured drugs include:
- Ecstasy (“E”)
- Crack cocaine (processed cocaine)
- Concentrated cannabis products
The California Health and Safety Code, 11379.6 states the following:
“… every person who manufactures, compounds, converts, produces, derives, processes, or prepares, either directly or indirectly by chemical extraction or independently by means of chemical synthesis, any controlled substance specified in Section 11054, 11055, 11056, 11057, or 11058 shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for three, five, or seven years and by a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).”
If you are charged with drug manufacturing, a conviction can be a personal disaster, leading to spending up to seven years in state prison, and owing up to $50,000 in fines. If a child under 16 years old was present in a structure where drugs were manufactured, or any person has been injured or killed due to the processes employed in manufacturing, large quantities of drugs were found, or when a person has a prior criminal record, the penalties may be enhanced.
In any criminal case, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the crime. In these cases, the elements that must be established are that you were in possession of the chemicals or compounds needed to manufacture a controlled substance. This could include the chemicals used to produce methamphetamines, concentrate marijuana, or manufacture LSD, PCP, or another illegal drug, the legal ramifications can be extensive, including spending years behind bars in one of California’s unpleasant, uncomfortable, and dangerous state prisons.
The types of chemicals found in your possession that could trigger a drug manufacturing charge include:
- Pseudoephedrine (an ingredient in over-the-counter cold medicines)
- Anhydrous ammonia (chemical fertilizer and industrial refrigerant)
- Red phosphorus (used to manufacture matches)
Every case has unique facts. The first step in crafting a defense strategy a comprehensive review of the evidence, and the method by which it was obtained by law enforcement. The defenses against the charge could be:
- Law enforcement violated constitutional rights in search and seizure, or a police stop, and the evidence was illegally obtained and must be excluded from the case.
- The accused person has certain chemicals for other reasons than manufacturing drugs, and they were legally obtained.
- The defendant was innocent and had no knowledge that drug manufacturing was occurring on the premises.
- The defendant was falsely accused due to mistaken identity or an informant for drug enforcement officers provided inaccurate data.
If you are under investigation or charged with drug manufacturing, you could be facing years in state prison if you are convicted. It is crucial that your rights are protected by an accomplished, talented Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer with the skills and experience to pursue a positive outcome. The options, based on the evidence in the case, could include reduced charges, reduced sentence, dismissed charge, or a full acquittal at court. At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we have garnered a reputation for legal excellence in criminal defense law.
Call Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP today at (213) 688-0460 for a free case consultation.
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Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
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Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.