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Drug Manufacturing Charges

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What is Drug Manufacturing?

Drug manufacturing is the illegal production of drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances. It’s prohibited to engage in or offer to engage in any activity that helps in the manufacturing of illegal substances.
You do not have to finish the manufacturing process to be guilty of drug manufacturing. This crime is committed as soon as the drug manufacturing process begins.

Some of the most commonly manufactured controlled substances in the United States are:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines (Meth)
  • PCP
  • Heroin
  • Ectasy
  • LSD
  • Marijuana


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Penalties for Drug Manufacturing

Drug manufacturing is usually a felony that is punishable by imprisonment and a fine up to $50,000. Cases prosecuted in federal court could face much more severe punishment.

If you are convicted of offering to manufacture drugs then you face a felony punishable by probation and incarceration time.

There are additional penalties if drugs were manufacturing under the following circumstances.

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Large Quantities of Drugs

If you were convicted of manufacturing or offering to manufacture large quantities of PCP, meth, or GHB then you face the following additional penalties:
• 3 years if the substance is more than 3 gallons of liquid by volume or one pound of solid by weight
• 5 years if the substance is more than 10 gallons of liquid by volume or 3 pounds of solid by weight
• 10 years in the substance is more than 25 gallons of liquid by volume or 10 pounds of solid by weight
• 15 years in the substance is more than 105 gallons of liquid by volume or 44 pounds of solid by weight


If Injury or Death Occurs

If you are manufacturing or attempting to manufacture meth or PCP and it causes great bodily injury or death to someone other than your accomplice, then you face an additional and consecutive one year in prison for each injury or death.

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Manufacturing in the Presence of Children

If methamphetamines were being manufactured in the presence of a child under 16 then you face an additional 2 years in prison.


Prior Drug-Related Convictions

If you have a prior drug-related conviction such as possession for sale, transportation of controlled substances, or selling methamphetamines, then you face an additional 3 years for each felony conviction.

Legal Defenses for Drug Manufacturing

If you haven’t started the actual manufacturing of a drug, only prep work, then you can’t be charged with drug manufacturing.

Police have to have a valid California search warrant or probable cause in order to search you or your property. If they search you or your property with a valid search warrant, without probable cause, or search outside the boundaries of the search warrant, then it can be used a defense.

Perhaps you were going to a house to buy drugs when police were searching the area. While drug use and possession are still illegal, those are not as serious as drug manufacturing.

It’s not uncommon to get falsely accused of drug manufacturing or for your identity to be mistaken with someone else.

Have you been legally accused of committing drug manufacturing? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Drug Manufacturing Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal Drug Charges, Drug Manufacturing, Transportation/Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Possession for Sale to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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