Manufacturing a Controlled Substance
There are certain substances that are considered to be controlled substances. Their manufacturing, selling, possession, and use is illegal in California. A lot of illegal substances fall under this category, which include meth and cocaine. This article will concern only the manufacturing of a controlled substance. This charge is a serious offense and if you have been accused or arrested, we highly recommend that you reach out to us at Law Advocates Group and one of our experienced criminal attorneys will assist you.
How Does the Law Work?
California Health and Safety Code 11379.6 designates the manufacturing of a controlled substance as a crime. What are controlled substances? These substances have been defined per the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1971 and, in addition to the previous examples, include other substances such as the hallucinogenic drug LSD, heroin, and opiates. Once a person has been charged with this crime, the prosecutor is tasked with proving two elements in court. First, the defendant must have directly or indirectly manufactured, compounded, converted, produced, derived, processed, or prepared a controlled substance. Second, the defendant must have known it was a controlled substance.
Punishment and Criminal Penalties
As we mentioned above, this crime is a serious one. If found guilty, a defendant faces a felony with severe punishments. Most often, convicted individuals can serve up to seven years in a California state prison facility. Furthermore, manufacturing a controlled substance can occur alongside other crimes, and those found guilty of additional charges can face increased penalties. Contact us today if you have any questions about this offense.