What Are the Penalties for Drug Manufacturing in NJ?

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A conviction for drug manufacturing can result in lengthy prison sentences and expensive fines. The state does not take kindly to those who help the scourge of addiction to spread. If you are accused of drug manufacturing, you cannot just take that lying down. You should consult with a Bergen County criminal defense lawyer and try to figure out how you’re going to defend yourself.

When Can I Be Charged With Drug Manufacturing?

You can be charged with drug manufacturing when you have drugs on you, but usually the cops need a bit more than that. Real issues arise when they can find the substances needed to make drugs, the equipment used to make them, and a place where you would be able to manufacture them. With all of this evidence, the authorities can claim that you are getting ready to produce drugs and distribute them. The punishments for this are far harsher than the ones for possession.

Can I Go to Jail For Drug Manufacturing?

Yes, you can go to jail for a long time if convicted of drug manufacturing. The punishment mostly depends on the degree of the crime that you are charged with. Sentencing guidelines go a bit like this:

  • First-degree crime: 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $300,000
  • Second-degree: Five to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $150,000
  • Third-degree: Three to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000

There are also different standards for different drugs. For example, having five ounces or more of heroin, cocaine, or meth in your possession would be a first-degree crime. Having less than half of an ounce would be a third-degree crime. Anything in between is a second-degree crime.

What Are Some Defenses Against Drug Manufacturing Charges?

Your lawyer can look at your case and your unique circumstances to figure out the best way to defend you from these charges some common defensive strategies are:

  • Challenging the legality of the search
  • Arguing that you possessed substances that can be used to make drugs, but had no intent to manufacture them
  • Showing that you had legal possession of these substances with the proper permits and licenses

Can’t I Just Explain Myself to the Cops?

We do not recommend talking to the police without your attorney present. Even if you think this is a simple misunderstanding, the cops are not on your side. They will use anything that you say against you. Protect yourself and let your lawyer handle communications on your behalf.

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You should not waste any time. Contact the Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri and ask to schedule a consultation as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work on your defense.