Manufacturing methamphetamine is a serious drug offense in Pennsylvania and in federal court. Pennsylvania is a state whose rural areas have seen a resurgence of meth addiction, and Pennsylvania state legislators have cracked down as a result. Today the full range of meth manufacturing products, or “precursors,” may land you in legal trouble. If you or one of your family members was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth in Philadelphia, or is under investigation for suspected meth offenses, costly fines and years in prison are both potential outcomes.
Fighting back against these severe penalties is essential if you want to escape the kind of permanent and life-altering sentences that could take you away from your family for years. Philadelphia drug crime defense lawyer Lloyd Long, founding attorney at the Law Office of Lloyd Long, has been defending adult and juvenile clients against meth charges for years, and understands the legal strategies for fighting these complex cases. If you or a loved one is facing felony meth charges in Philadelphia, call our law offices at (215) 525-6818 today for a free consultation.
What is the Legal Definition of Meth Manufacturing?
Meth manufacturing is broadly defined in Pennsylvania and includes the criminalization of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine or any of its related forms. In Pennsylvania, anti-drug laws are regulated by the Controlled Substance, Device, and Cosmetic Act, which defines the term “manufacture” to include “the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion or processing of a controlled substance,” including methamphetamine, which is a Schedule II controlled substance under federal law.
Law enforcement agencies now monitor the ingredients that are used to make methamphetamine, and not just the drug itself. Penalties for the possession of these ingredients, which is referred to as possession of precursor chemicals, can be harsh and may involve lengthy prison sentences, even if it is the defendant’s first meth offense or first criminal offense.
People who have been charged with meth manufacturing in Philadelphia or other regions of Pennsylvania can quickly find themselves behind bars and labeled as a felon for life. There are many factors at play in any given arrest, which, if recognized and swiftly acted upon by an experienced meth charges lawyer in Philadelphia, can mean the difference between freedom or incarceration.
PA Criminal Penalties for Manufacturing Methamphetamine
Because of the large quantities involved and the potential for harm to others, the act of allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine, or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, is considered a more serious criminal charge than the possession of methamphetamine for personal use, which is a lesser crime called “simple” possession.
The specific penalties for meth offenses can vary, depending on factors like whether it is the defendant’s first offense, the quantity of methamphetamine involved, whether the defendant was in possession of a firearm, and whether the alleged crime occurred in a school zone or involved a minor. For example, possession of meth with intent to distribute could result in a three-year prison sentence for a first offense involving at least five grams, but less than 10 grams. A second or subsequent involving the same quantities could result in a prison sentence of up to five years.
The penalties for possession of meth with intent to distribute increase as the quantity of drugs and the number of offenses increase. An offense involving 10 to 100 grams can result in a prison sentence of four years for a first offense, and seven years – nearly twice as long – for a second offense. If the offense involves more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, a conviction could result in a five-year prison sentence, with a potential eight-year sentence for a second or subsequent offense. If the defendant is charged in federal court, the risk for penalties could be even greater.
In addition to these hefty prison sentences, defendants can also be ordered to pay enormous fines that can easily cost thousands of dollars, or tens of thousands of dollars. Furthermore, the defendant will be stuck with a felony record, which can make it extremely hard – sometimes impossible – to find work, earn professional licenses, enlist in the military, travel abroad, purchase or own firearms, and look for other opportunities in life.
Contact a Philadelphia Meth Manufacturing Defense Lawyer
Philadelphia meth defense lawyer Lloyd Long has extensive courtroom experience and a track record of success in handling serious meth charges in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. At The Law Office of Lloyd Long, our resourceful and dedicated team has excelled in this high-stakes area of the law that demands aggressive lawyering and a willingness to fight. If you or a loved one has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and wants to escape some of the nation’s harshest sentencing guidelines, we can fight for you or your family member.
We handle meth-related criminal charges throughout the Philadelphia area, including West Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, and Center City. To set up a confidential legal consultation completely free of charge, contact the Law Office of Lloyd Long, or call us today at (215) 525-6818.