Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation Crimes
Securing a Drug Crime Defense Attorney in Marietta
If you are under investigation or have been charged with the cultivation
or manufacture of illegal controlled substances, it is important to understand
the law and the penalties you could receive if convicted, so that you
know what you are up against in fighting the charges. Make no mistake,
manufacturing is a serious
criminal offense, whether you were caught growing a small amount of
marijuana for your own private medicinal use or if you were engaged in manufacturing
large quantities of crystal meth for
Cultivation & Manufacturing Laws in Georgia
Drug cultivation and manufacturing carry similar consequences—the
only real difference between the two is the type of drug that is involved.
Drug cultivation relates to drugs which are grown, while drug manufacturing
relates to drugs that are created by chemical processes and other means.
Manufacturing Schedule I or II drugs like
crystal meth are considered much more serious than manufacturing Schedule IV or V drugs.
However, the difference in severity is relative; regardless of the type
of drug involved, a manufacturing charge in Georgia comes with extremely
devastating consequences if you are convicted.
Penalties for Manufacturing & Cultivation Convictions
Under Georgia Code § 16-13-30 (2012), manufacturing and cultivation
are considered felony offenses. In most cases, a conviction comes with
a mandatory minimum prison sentence. For Schedule I and II charges, this
could be as long as 35 years in prison. A Schedule V conviction could
be 5 years, or even more.
Marijuana is an especially complex issue for many individuals. While simple
possession charges could result in misdemeanor charges, marijuana cultivation is
easily a felony offense. Many people are unaware of the difference in
severity for these crimes.
No matter what drug is related to the manufacturing or cultivation charges,
the mark of a felony on your criminal record can ruin future employment
and financial opportunities and ruin your chances at a promising career.
The first step to a fair resolution is securing the legal guidance of
our skilled drug crime lawyers in Marietta.
Your Dedicated Defense Against the Drug Charge
There is also increasing attention being paid to crystal meth labs in the
area. In fact, the
2010 Analysis lists methamphetamine production as being one of the two "principle
drug threats to the region."
Contact a Marietta drug crime attorney at Henrickson & Sereebutra as early as possible in the case to
learn more about the consequences you face and how an attorney from the
firm can fight to clear your name.