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Drug manufacturing is the offense of growing plants that produce illegal substances or producing methamphetamine, PCP, or other dangerous drugs. Manufacturing charges carry some of the most significant penalties of all the state’s drug offenses.
If you face drug manufacturing charges, contact a skilled attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group immediately. Beating these charges requires experienced and knowledgeable representation. Our Chandler drug manufacturing lawyers are seasoned legal advocates who know how to construct an effective defense on your behalf.
Since the passage of Proposition 207 in 2020, it has been legal for adults to grow marijuana for personal use in a secure area out of public view. An adult may grow six plants, and a household with two adults may grow 12. A person could face cultivation charges if they grow more plants or produce more product than Arizona Revised Statute §36-2856 allows. They also violate the law if they sell the plants or the product.
Growing other plants that could produce illegal drugs could also lead to prosecution on cultivation charges. It is illegal to grow opium poppies and some hallucinogenic mushrooms and harvest them to produce illicit drugs.
However, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant intended to cultivate the plants to produce controlled substances. A Chandler drug manufacturing attorney could present other theories explaining the presence of the plants, equipment, or supplies to cast doubt on the prosecutor’s evidence of intent.
It is a Class 2 felony to manufacture narcotics and illegal substances classified as dangerous drugs, including:
Arizona Revised Statute §13-3401 lists scores of substances that are dangerous drugs under the law.
In many cases, possessing the chemicals necessary to make a dangerous drug is a Class 3 felony. However, if the chemicals or supplies could be used to manufacture methamphetamine, the crime is a Class2 felony.
These offenses carry mandatory prison terms of three years for a first offense with mitigating circumstances. These penalties could increase to 35 years if the defendant has prior convictions and the offense involved aggravating circumstances. The seasoned drug manufacturing lawyers at our firm could emphasize mitigating circumstances like an offender’s youth, standing in the community, or a clean record to limit a sentence’s severity.
A prosecutor must prove that an accused intended to cultivate or manufacture illegal substances. Although they could use circumstantial evidence to prove intent, the prosecutor must convince a jury that there is no other reasonable explanation for the evidence. Presenting alternative explanations could lead to an acquittal.
The prosecutor also must prove that the plants, substances, or manufacturing chemicals the police seized are illegal to possess. A Chandler attorney who handles drug manufacturing and cultivation cases can question the police’s collection techniques and the reliability of the lab that analyzed the products.
Manufacturing and cultivation charges often rely on tips from confidential informants or anonymous sources. Questioning the source’s motives could raise doubts in the jurors’ minds. Additionally, a close examination of police conduct in the case often yields evidence of sloppy or illegal procedures that could lead to evidence being inadmissible in court.
Arizona takes a hard stance against people accused of cultivating or manufacturing illegal drugs. If you face charges for this offense, you need an experienced attorney to defend you.
At Grand Canyon Law Group, our Chandler drug manufacturing lawyers have substantial experience successfully defending people in your situation. Call us today to get an aggressive advocate working for you.