Have you been arrested for drug manufacturing in Frisco, TX? Manufacturing a controlled substance is one of the most serious drug crimes in Texas with very harsh penalties if convicted. Do not delay in seeking the experienced legal counsel you need to defend yourself against this charge.
The Edgett Law Firm has represented Frisco residents accused of drug crimes since 2010. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation with a Frisco drug manufacturing lawyer who will immediately get to work building your defense.
How the Edgett Law Firm Can Help Defend You Against a Drug Manufacturing Charge in Frisco, TX
Texas law places drug manufacturing and delivery in the same penalty category because it is assumed that someone manufacturing a controlled substance also intends to distribute it. Because law enforcement knows that shutting down drug rings in Denton County relies on targeting producers and suppliers, someone suspected of drug manufacturing becomes a valuable target.
This makes drug manufacturing more serious than simple drug possession not only because the penalties are stiffer but also because these cases are tried more aggressively by prosecutors.
You are innocent until proven guilty and deserve the best legal defense possible. At the Edgett Law Firm, we have more than 22 years of experience defending residents of Frisco, Texas against serious drug offenses. Our Top 100 Trial Lawyers will fight for you every step of the way.
Choose our Frisco criminal defense attorneys, count on us to:
- Defend your constitutional rights at every stage of your case
- Strengthen your defense by searching for exculpatory evidence
- Assess weaknesses in the prosecution’s case
- Determine if your rights have been violated by law enforcement and seek to have evidence excluded
- Negotiate with the prosecution to seek a dismissal or reduction of your charges or a satisfactory plea deal
- Present your case to a jury
We are not afraid to take your case to court to give you the strong defense you deserve. Contact a Frisco criminal defense lawyer at the Edgett Law Firm to get started today.
How Does Texas Law Define Drug Manufacturing?
Texas law makes manufacturing a controlled substance a serious crime. This crime may be charged for any form of drug dealing.
Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, manufacturing a controlled substance refers to propagating, processing, producing, preparing, converting, or compounding a controlled substance. Drug manufacturing is a broad term that can, for example, refer to:
- Growing marijuana plants (in federal drug crimes, marijuana is treated separately under Texas law)
- Converting LSD from a crystal to a liquid for distribution
- Combining chemicals to create LSD
- “Cooking” methamphetamine
- Extracting a controlled substance or chemical compounds from a natural substance such as extracting opium from poppy
- Refining opium to produce morphine
- Compounding morphine with acetic anhydride to produce heroin
Packaging, repackaging, or labeling a controlled substance may also be considered drug manufacturing in Texas.
What Are Controlled Substances in Texas?
A controlled substance is any prescription or illicit drug for which use, possession, and manufacture is regulated by the government. Texas law covers many controlled dangerous substances (CDS) which include methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, psilocybin, and more.
These controlled substances are divided into four penalty groups under Texas law. The type of drug and amount of drugs involved in a drug manufacturing charge will determine the penalties. Marijuana is its own separate category with different penalties.
Penalty Group 1
Penalty group 1 includes:
- Opioids like oxycodone, codeine, and hydrocodone)
This is the most serious group of illicit drugs with the harshest penalties.
Penalty Group 2
Penalty group 2 includes hashish and cannabis-derived cannabinoids, PCP, and ecstasy or MDMA.
Penalty Group 3
This penalty group covers certain opioids and opiates not listed in Penalty Group 1 plus benzodiazepines, anabolic steroids, sedatives like Valium, and certain prescriptions with a stimulant or depressant effect with the potential for abuse.
Penalty Group 4
This group covers opioids and opiates that are not listed in penalty group 1 or 3 plus some chemical compounds and prescriptions with the potential for abuse.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Manufacturing in Frisco, TX?
Texas is notoriously strict when it comes to drug offenses. You may face a maximum penalty of up to 99 years in prison for drug manufacturing and a fine of up to $250,000. However, the potential penalty will depend on the type of drug, amount of drug, and circumstances involved in the offense.
The following are the penalties for drug manufacturing based on penalty group.
With a penalty group 1 drug, you face the following penalties under Texas Health and Safety Code Section 481.112:
- State jail felony for less than one gram (fewer than 20 units of LSD) punishable by 180 days to two years in jail
- Second-degree felony for 1-4 grams (20-80 units of LSD) punishable by two to 20 years in prison
- First-degree felony for 4-200 grams (80-4,000 units of LSD) punishable by life imprisonment or 5 to 99 years in prison
For 200 to 400 grams, conviction is punishable by a term of 10 to 99 years and a fine of up to $100,000. For amounts over 400 grams, you face at least 15 years in prison.
For drugs in penalty group 4, you face the following penalties:
- State jail felony for less than 28 grams
- Second-degree felony for 28-200 grams
- First-degree felony for 200-400 grams
When the offense involves more than 400 grams, you face a penalty of 10 to 99 years in prison.
Your penalties may be enhanced if the offense was committed in the presence of a minor. In this case, the punishments are increased by one degree. Penalties are also enhanced when violence occurs along with the manufacturing offense.
Is Drug Manufacturing a Federal or State Offense?
Drug manufacturing is both a state and federal crime. You may face not only state charges but also a federal drug charge. As with Texas law, the punishment for a federal charge of manufacturing will depend on the amount and type of drug involved.
If convicted of a federal manufacturing offense involving one of eight substances on Schedule I or II (including heroin, LSD, cocaine, and methamphetamine), you face at least 5 years in federal prison. If you have a prior felony drug conviction, the minimum sentence is increased to 10 years.
There are even harsher penalties when significant amounts of drugs are involved such as 1 kilogram of heroin or 10 grams of LSD. These offenses come with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years or 20 years with a prior felony drug conviction.
Penalties for federal crimes tend to be harsher than state penalties. If charged with a federal drug offense, you will face trial in a federal district court and be tried by a federal prosecutor. If convicted, you will serve in a federal prison that may be far from your home and family.
You may face federal prosecution for drug manufacturing if the offense crosses state lines, is investigated by a federal agency like the DEA, involves federal property, or involves online offenses.
What Are Possible Defenses to Drug Manufacturing in Frisco?
There are many possible strategies to defend you against the drug manufacturing charge you are facing. Our Frisco drug defense attorneys will carefully investigate your case and identify the merits of the state’s evidence against you.
Depending on the details of your case, potential defense options may include:
- You had no knowledge of drug manufacturing activities. This defense may be available if you were a landlord or roommate who was unaware of what was happening on your property.
- Evidence against you was obtained through illegal search and seizure. We will carefully assess whether law enforcement violated your rights. If evidence was obtained illegally, it must be excluded. If this evidence formed the basis of your arrest and the case against you, your charge may be dismissed.
- False accusation based on mistaken identity, an unreliable informant, or someone else’s attempt to escape culpability.
When you are facing a serious drug charge, you need a Frisco criminal defense attorney who will conduct a thorough investigation to explore all possible defenses. At the Edgett Law Firm, we recognize the importance of this investigation and put our experience to work to build the strongest drug crime defense possible.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Frisco Drug Manufacturing Lawyer
When you are under investigation or have been arrested for drug manufacturing, time is of the essence. The state will be tireless and without compassion in your prosecution; you deserve a legal advocate who will fight for your rights and freedom.
Call the Edgett Law Firm today for a free case review with a Frisco drug manufacturing lawyer who will give you the vigorous legal defense you deserve.