Los Angeles Drug Manufacturing & Cultivating Attorney
In California, manufacturing controlled substances or engaging in the unauthorized cultivation of marijuana constitutes a serious offense, subject to stringent legal penalties. While the state permits adults 21 and older to cultivate up to six marijuana plants for personal use in a secure, non-public area, any activity beyond these limits, or involving other controlled substances, can lead to felony charges. Facing charges for drug cultivation or manufacturing requires immediate legal intervention. Contact The Law Office of Arash Hashemi for expert legal representation. Our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney excels at navigating California’s complex drug laws to forcefully defend your rights throughout the legal process.
What is Drug Manufacturing?
Drug manufacturing involves any action aiding in creating a controlled substance, with meth being a commonly produced drug. In California, even minor involvement in drug production can lead to conviction. Penalties include:
Prison terms of three, five, or seven years. Fines reaching up to $50,000. An extra five years in prison if children are present at the manufacturing site or suffer harm.
Penalties escalate for producing large quantities of PCP or other illegal drugs.
Cultivation of Marijuana
Under California Health and Safety Code Section 11358, cultivating marijuana without compliance can lead to severe penalties. Conviction may result in up to three years in prison, even for growing just one plant. Possessing more than one cannabis plant could imply intent to sell, potentially increasing charges. California law permits individuals 21 and older to cultivate up to six cannabis plants at home, with restrictions against using volatile solvents for processing. Local jurisdictions may impose additional regulations, such as permit requirements or indoor cultivation mandates. It’s essential to consult local ordinances to ensure compliance
Penalties for Drug-Related Offenses
Felony charges apply to manufacturing controlled substances or illegal drugs, with potential fines up to $50,000 and prison terms of three, five, or seven years. Enhanced sentencing may be considered for those with prior or current criminal records. Possession of drug manufacturing chemicals, like those for PCP or methamphetamine, could lead to two, four, or six years in prison. The defendant’s criminal history may influence sentencing for possessing manufacturing compounds. Cultivating marijuana outside legal parameters varies in penalty, considering the defendant’s age and prior convictions.
Defenses Against Drug Manufacturing Charges
- Lack of Knowledge: Innocent individuals unaware of concealed drug manufacturing activities at locations like mobile homes or garages may face charges. A defense attorney can argue for charge reduction or dismissal based on unintentional association.
- Illegal Search and Seizure: If law enforcement officials enter without probable cause or exceed the scope of a warrant, violating search and seizure laws, they risk exclusion of the obtained evidence, which could potentially lead to dismissal of charges.
- False Accusation: Misidentification or attempts by others to reduce their own culpability can lead to wrongful charges. Defense strategies include challenging the credibility of informants or the validity of law enforcement’s information.
Legal Defense for Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation Charges
Facing charges for the manufacturing or cultivation of controlled substances in California requires a strategic legal approach. The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi is prepared to offer experienced defense services tailored to your case. For a consultation, reach out to us online or call (310) 448-1529. Located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, we are conveniently near Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and the Expo/Bundy Station. Our office hours are flexible, including weekends, and we are available to discuss your case in jail if necessary.