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Drug manufacturing refers to any activity involved in the process of producing controlled substances. In Georgia, such offenses are felonies that carry steep penalties and sanctions. In addition to incarceration and or fines, if you're found guilty, you could face substantial hurdles for the rest of your life. For instance, the conviction will show up on your criminal record, which anyone can access. If, for example, a potential landlord or employer sees it, their final decisions may be influenced by what's in your history. The most effective way to avoid or minimize the consequences is by having your case handled by an attorney who knows how to handle complex criminal matters.
At The Abt Law Firm, LLC, we have 20+ years of experience and have taken on over 2,000 cases. We know what it takes to aggressively fight a criminal charge and to seek the best possible results for our clients. Although our drug manufacturing defense attorney in Atlanta has handled various drug crimes matters, we recognize that each case is unique. That's why we will learn about your specific situation to build an aggressive and strategic defense tailored just for you.
The Penalties for Drug Manufacturing
Georgia has several laws prohibiting the manufacture of controlled substances. The laws concern offenses involving specific types of drugs. They also address and penalize crimes committed in certain locations.
The punishments a court may dole out for a drug manufacturing conviction depend on the type and amount of the substance and the defendant's criminal history.
Manufacturing methamphetamine or amphetamine is penalized as follows:
Less than 200 grams:
- At least 10 years' imprisonment and
- $200,000 in fines
200 grams or more but less than 400 grams:
- At least 15 years' imprisonment and
- $300,000 in fines
400 grams or more:
- At least 25 years' imprisonment and
- $1 million in fines
Manufacturing a Schedule I or II drug carries the following penalties:
- First offense: Between 5 and 30 years in prison
- Second offense: Between 10 and 40 years in prison
Manufacturing a Schedule III, IV, or V drug, marijuana, or a counterfeit controlled substance may result in:
- Between 1 and 10 years in prison
Our Atlanta drug manufacturing lawyer is ready to thoroughly prepare for your case. We can develop a strong defense and work toward helping you avoid the detrimental and lasting consequences of a conviction.
Drug Manufacturing in Prohibited Areas
If the manufacturing offense occurred on, in, or within 1,000 feet of a specific location, the alleged offender could face enhanced penalties.
Prohibited areas include:
- Public or private elementary and secondary schools
- Parks, playgrounds, or recreation centers
- Housing projects
- Drug-free commercial zones
Anyone convicted may face the following punishments:
- Up to 20 years in prison and/or
- Up to $20,000 in fines
- Between 5 and 40 years in prison and/or
- Up to $40,000 in fines
It's important to note that the penalties are imposed in addition to those meted out for drug manufacturing. For instance, suppose a person is convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine near a school. In this case, they may be imprisoned for a minimum of 10 years for producing the drug and then be required to spend an additional 20 years (if given the maximum sentence) behind bars for engaging in the conduct in a prohibited location.
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At The Abt Law Firm, LLC, our Atlanta drug manufacturing defense attorney recognizes the severity of these types of matters. That is why we take each case seriously and do what's necessary to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.