Being accused of drug manufacturing or cultivation may come as shock to you if you are innocent. Some people are charged with drug crimes without ever having seen the evidence. They may rent out property or own property that they do not routinely inspect. Others may be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever your case may be, you deserve to have an experienced legal defense attorney on your side to fight potentially life-altering drug manufacturing and cultivating charges in the state of California.
Unless you have a license to produce medical marijuana in the state, any activities involving the growth of ingredients or drugs, manufacturing, or evidence of manufacturing may result in steep fines and incarceration. The consequences for cultivation and manufacturing charges vary greatly depending on the type and amount of materials in evidence and the context.
Any act directly associated with the manufacturing of a controlled substance may be grounds for manufacturing charges, including compounding, processing, and converting. Any act that results in the creation of a controlled substance may be defined as manufacturing under the law.
Some individuals may also face enhanced charges for cultivation and manufacturing activities in the presence of children, if an individual has a criminal history, and if someone dies or is injured as a result of drug manufacturing activities. Some individuals may face prosecution at both the state and federal levels. It is possible to face two trials and compounded sentencing for drug manufacturing and cultivation.
Drug manufacturing and cultivation felony offenses that may result in up to seven years of incarceration include:
It is also illegal to offer to cultivate or manufacture controlled substances for someone. That crime may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the context. In convictions for manufacturing-offering crimes, individuals can spend up to five years in prison.
After charges have been filed, there are a number of defense strategies we can employ to have the charges dropped or reduced. To secure a conviction, the prosecution has to prove you are the individual responsible for the drug manufacturing or cultivation activities and that you engaged in the illegal activity knowingly. At the Law Offices of Graham Donath, APC, we conduct independent investigations into the allegations to disprove our clients’ association with drug manufacturing activities.
We explore every angle, including the terms of the arrest and evidence confiscation, to ensure we create a strong defense. Often, law enforcement officials make mistakes along the way, violating our clients’ rights during arrests and conducting illegal searches. If we can prove poor conduct during these processes, we may be able to secure a case dismissal.
If you know you are being investigated for a drug cultivation and manufacturing charge, now is the time to contact a criminal defense attorney. Even if you know you are completely innocent of the charges, the investigation period is when you need to involve a professional who can protect your rights when officers approach you.
The Law Offices of Graham Donath, APC, is committed to protecting our clients’ rights in the face of drug manufacturing and cultivating allegations. Our founding attorney, Graham Donath, is a certified criminal defense specialist in the state, and he understands the laws and court systems in southern California that affect those accused of criminal activities. Contact our Riverside office today to get started.
“I strongly recommend Mr. Donath as criminal defense attorney to handle complex cases. He kept me informed and spent as much time with me as it was needed for the case. He was thorough in answering my questions.” – Riva