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Manufacturing Drugs

If you are creating illegal drugs, you face serious consequences under laws punishing the manufacture of illegal substances. Manufacturing drugs charges typically refer to the manufacture or cultivation of any controlled substance with the exception of marijuana or methamphetamine, which are governed by their own laws. As serious felony charges prosecuted to the fullest extent possible due to the War on Drugs, you need to take manufacturing drugs accusations very seriously.

What Is Considered Manufacturing Drugs Under Ohio Law

Under the Ohio Revised Code § 2925.04, you can be arrested for the illegal manufacture of drugs if you are knowingly involved in any way with the manufacture or production of a controlled substance. Whether you are simply holding onto unprocessed drugs, buying up ingredients, or actually involved in the chemical process of creating a controlled substance, you can face charges related to manufacturing drugs. This is true whether you are making the drugs in a personal home or an unlicensed lab—and whether or not you were actually participating in the manufacture on the premises where the final product was created.

Typically, manufacturing drugs charges relate to the creation of illegal drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy. It can also include the cultivation of illegal substances like psychedelic mushrooms. Unless you are a physician, pharmacist, or related licensed medical professional authorized to manufacture, prescribe, or sell medications and prescriptions, you can even face manufacturing charges if you are making drugs that would otherwise be legal with a proper prescription.

Consequences of a Manufacturing Drugs Charge

The consequences for a conviction for manufacturing drugs can be severe. If convicted, you will have your driver’s license suspended for up to five years, face huge fines, and even face years of incarceration. While manufacturing any type of drug is a felony, the seriousness of the sentence you face will depend on the type of drug manufactured. The following are the sentencing guidelines for different drugs:

  • Schedule I and II drugs, such as ecstasy, peyote, morphine, heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines are charged as second-degree felonies, which carry a sentence of two to eight years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
  • Schedule III, IV, and V drugs, such as Vicodin, Valium, and codeine are charged as third-degree felonies, which carry a sentence of nine months to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

In addition to these sentences, you face serious additional collateral consequences. If you are convicted of a felony drug charge, you will have a permanent criminal record. This can make finding a job or housing difficult for years after doing your time. In addition, you can lose federal benefits and student financial aid. Furthermore, you can face serious social stigma as a convicted felon, making moving on a challenge.

Defending Against Manufacturing Drugs Charges

There is hope, however. With the help of an experienced Columbus drug lawyer, you can build a defense to successfully fight these charges and keep your record clean. If you hire the Columbus criminal defense lawyers at Luftman, Heck, & Associates to represent you, we will do everything possible to defend you. Some common defenses we use against manufacturing drugs charges include the following:

  • The controlled substances involved were manufactured by a licensed medical professional or other individual authorized to manufacture drugs such as a pharmacist, pharmacy owner, or medical researcher.
  • The substance in question was not a controlled substance.
  • The evidence against you was collected during an illegal search or seizure.
  • Your Fourth Amendment rights were violated.
  • You were not read your Miranda Rights.
  • The lab results and analysis of the substance were not done correctly.

Depending on the circumstances of your individual cases, we will use some of these tactics or others entirely to create the best possible defense for your case.

When you hire an experienced Columbus drug lawyer from Luftman, Heck, & Associates, we promise to treat you with respect, listen to your side of the story, and never stop vigorously defending your rights. Call us today at or contact us via email at advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com for a free consultation on your case and to find out how we may be able to help.

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