Drug Manufacturing Charges in Georgia
Drug manufacturing is a felony offense in Georgia. Both state and federal law define manufacturing as the cultivation or production of an illegal or controlled substance.
Elements of Drug Manufacturing
Both possession and intent are key in prosecuting a person accused of drug manufacturing or intent to manufacture.
In order to be arrested for drug manufacturing, the police must first find that you were in possession of an illegal or illicit substance, either on your person, at your residence or in your vehicle.
Along with the drugs, police must also find equipment such as a grow light or hydroponic equipment for marijuana cultivation or the laboratory equipment used to cook meth.
Drug Manufacturing Penalties
The penalties for drug manufacturing charges vary depending on the type of drug in question. The court will take the drug schedule into account when assessing the penalties for a conviction. Possible prison sentences may include:
- Schedules I and II:
- First offense: Five to 30 years in prison
- Second and subsequent offense: 10 to 40 years or a life sentence in prison
- Schedules III, IV and V
- One to 10 years in prison
If convicted, you may also be required to perform community service hours, attend a drug treatment program and pay various fines. You will also lose your drivers license for a certain period of time.
Perhaps most troubling is the fact that a drug manufacturing conviction will result in a felony mark on your criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.
Defending Charges of Manufacturing
It is important to understand that you do not necessarily have to be found in possession of a large quantity of a controlled substance or manufacturing or cultivation equipment to be charged with manufacturing. These charges can be brought against you for having what may seem like a negligible amount of a drug.
If you have been charged with drug manufacturing, time is not on your side. It is imperative that you contact an experienced drug crimes defense attorney right away to begin working on your case.