Drug manufacturing is the broad term for manufacturing, cultivating, or taking part in the production of a controlled substance. You likely face prison time, extensive fines, suspension of your driver’s license, and potential other long-term consequences such as loss of employment or difficulty obtaining employment. If you’re charged with drug manufacturing under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2925.04, you may also be charged under federal law. Regardless if you are charged at the state level, the federal level, or both, an experienced Cincinnati drug lawyer can help you by evaluating the evidence against you, fighting the charges, and building a defense that can reduce the penalties you face.
Are you a licensed health professional such as a physician, pharmacist, or related position? Anyone who is a licensed medical professional authorized to manufacture, prescribe, or sell medications and prescriptions is typically exempt from being charged with drug manufacturing.
Though it seems rare, drug manufacturing in Ohio happens more often than you think. People attempt to grow marijuana, concoct versions of methamphetamine to sell, and much more. Some of the commonly cultivated or manufactured drugs in Ohio include:
- Prescription drugs
Drug Manufacturing Penalties
The penalties for drug manufacturing depend on a few different factors – the type of controlled substance involved, the schedule the controlled substance falls under, and whether the alleged offense took place near a school or a minor.
Typically if you are charged with drug manufacturing under ORC 2925.04 and the controlled substance involved falls under Schedule I or Schedule II, you are likely charged with a second-degree felony. If convicted, you face up to 18 months in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. If you are charged with drug manufacturing near a school or minor, you are likely charged with a first-degree felony that comes penalties of up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines if convicted.
Manufacturing Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substances can also be charged under ORC 2925.04, and you are likely charged with a third-degree felony in these instances. The penalties if convicted include up to five (5) years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. For manufacturing these substances near a school or minor, the charge bumps up to a second-degree felony; if convicted, you are looking at up to eight (8) years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
Other Consequences of Drug Manufacturing
In addition to prison time and hefty fines, an Ohio drug manufacturing conviction will have a negative impact on other areas of your life as well. You may face difficulty keeping or finding a job, furthering your education, maintaining professional licensures, or acquiring custody of your children.
Drug charges in Ohio may result in driver’s license suspension, which will significantly impair your ability to get around, get to work or other necessary places, and more.
Defending Drug Manufacturing Offenses
If you’ve been charged with drug manufacturing, you might be wondering what possible options you have. Looking at the possible prison time and fines can be worrisome, and it could irreparably damage your life. However, there are defenses in any legal situation to help mitigate the penalties you face. We recommend that you consult with an experienced Cincinnati drug attorney as soon as possible. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we will sit down with you in a free consultation, take the time to understand your situation, and examine the legal strategies and defenses that will help you.
Some possible defenses for drug manufacturing include:
- The controlled substances involved were manufactured by a licensed medical professional or other individual authorized to manufacture drugs (listed in ORC 2925.03(B)(1),(2), or (3)) such as a pharmacist, pharmacy owner, or someone participating in research.
- Whether there were any search warrants issued without probable cause;
- Whether an illegal search was conducted;
- Whether your Fourth Amendment rights were violated;
- Whether illegal forms of surveillance were involved;
- Whether your Miranda Rights were read in their entirety;
- Whether any evidence was illegally obtained;
- Whether lab results and analysis were handled properly.
- Whether you are a medical marijuana patient
If this is your first criminal charge, the court may be more lenient with you than with a repeat offender. A clean criminal record will undoubtedly work to your advantage if you are facing drug charges. Our Cincinnati drug attorneys will do everything in their power to argue for a reduction in your charges and to minimize your penalties.
If this is a subsequent drug charge, we can still help. Our Cincinnati criminal defense team at Luftman, Heck & Associates has helped many people who are looking to get the justice they deserve, stay out of prison, and move on with their lives. We can help.
Everyday in Ohio, there are many individuals who are charged with drug manufacturing. Although each case is different, it is imperative that you obtain an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate Cincinnati drug manufacturing lawyer who will fight for your legal rights and best interest.
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