Manufacturing in Florida
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According to Florida Statutes, the state prohibits and will punish any unlawful cultivation or manufacturing of controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and phencyclidine (PCP). Manufacturing of a drug includes the creation, or intent to create, an amount of controlled substance greater than would be required for personal use.
Florida has also increased the severity of the charge under particular circumstances. For example, if a person is caught manufacturing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, child care facility, community recreational facility, or public park, they will be accused of a 1st-degree felony.
Penalties for Manufacturing
If you’re facing charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, you may also be subsequently accused of possession and potentially possession of illegal substances with intent to manufacture. In this situation, you would be looking at 2 to 3 separate felony charges that can add up to a high penalty. A manufacturing accusation alone would be considered a felony and could get you 5 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000. However, these allegations might increase depending on the type of substance you are found with, how much of it you have, and whether or not you have transported it across state lines (which could lead to trafficking charges and federal prosecution).
Defenses for Manufacturing
An excellent criminal defense attorney could go with a number of different arguments, some of which might erase the charge altogether. However, in other cases, you might only get a reduced sentence, which can save you time and money compared to the original accusation. For example, possession is a significantly smaller charge. If your lawyer can prove you intended the chemical substance for personal use rather than distribution, your penalty will be reduced.
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Being accused of manufacturing can lead to severe punishment. Make sure you have a experienced Florida criminal defense attorney on your side who understands the extent and nuance of Florida drug laws. Musca Law has more than 150 years of combined legal experience to put to work for you. If you want to discuss your case with us, talk to one of our drug crimes lawyers during a free case evaluation. We can determine how best to defend your rights and freedoms. Let our legal professionals use their abilities to prove your innocence in court to help you avoid a conviction.