Do you need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno? If you have been arrested or charged with manufacture, transportation, or distribution of methamphetamine, it is essential to obtain legal counsel for help from a Methamphetamine Attorney in Fresno right away.
What is Drug Manufacturing?
Drug manufacturing is the illegal production of drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances. This includes methamphetamine (meth). 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.
What Does it Mean to Transport or Distribute Methamphetamine?
It is illegal under Health and Safety Code 11379 to:
- Sell or exchange methamphetamine for money, goods, services, or anything of value
- Transport methamphetamine from one location to another with the intent to sell or distribute it
- Distribute methamphetamine or provide it for other people
- Administer methamphetamine to someone else
- Attempt to do any of the above
In order to be guilty of transportation or distribution of methamphetamine, the following have to be proven:
- The defendant engaged in one of the above activities
- The defendant knew that there were drugs present and knew of their nature as a controlled substance
- The defendant sold or transported a usable amount of methamphetamine
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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, including meth, were being manufactured under the following circumstances:
Large Quantities of Drugs
If you were convicted of manufacturing or offering to manufacture large quantities of meth, 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 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.
Manufacturing in the Presence of Children
If methamphetamine was 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 methamphetamine, then you face an additional 3 years for each felony conviction.
Penalties for the Transportation / Distribution of Methamphetamine
The transportation and distribution of methamphetamine is a felony under Health and Safety Code 11379 HS. The penalties include:
- Incarceration time, or
- A fine up to $10,000
If you distribute methamphetamine across 2 or more county lines the imprisonment sentence increases.
There is an additional year in jail if you distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a drug treatment center, a detox facility, or a homeless shelter.
If you’re distributing or transporting more than one kilo of methamphetamine you face an additional 3 to 15 years of imprisonment.
Cases prosecuted in federal court could face much more severe punishment.
Have you been legally accused of committing manufacture, transportation or distribution of methamphetamine? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal counsel for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire a Methamphetamine Attorney in Fresno who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
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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.
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.
- 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.
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