Facing Drug Manufacturing Charges In Miami?

Manufacturing controlled substances is a crime under both state and federal law. Under Florida law, the illegal manufacturing of a controlled substance is defined as the production, preparation, packaging, labeling or relabeling, propagation, compounding, cultivating, growing, conversion or processing of a controlled substance, either directly or indirectly. Manufacturing can be by extraction from substances of natural origin or independently by means of chemical synthesis.

It can also be a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis. Under federal law, the illegal manufacturing of a controlled substance is defined as the production, preparation, packaging, labeling or relabeling, propagation, compounding, cultivating, growing, conversion or processing of a controlled substance, either directly or indirectly. Manufacturing includes operating a grow house used to cultivate marijuana or hallucinogenic mushrooms, for pressing pills such as MDMA, re-packaging prescription medications such as Oxycodone, or even operating a drug lab to synthesize methamphetamine or “cook” crack cocaine; all of which are illegal under both Florida and federal law.

Manufacturing laws apply to most common illegal narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, methamphetamine, methylenedioxymethcathinone (bath salts, flakka, gravel), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstacy, molly) and cannabis (marijuana).

Under Florida law, depending on the substance, manufacturing is a felony of the second or third degree with imprisonment ranging from no more than five to not more than 15 years and/or fines not to exceed $5000 or $10,000.

To be convicted under Florida state law, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the following:

1. The defendant manufactured a certain substance.

2. The substance is what it is alleged to be.

The following are some examples of how Florida manufacturing laws apply to certain substances:

Heroin, cocaine and oxycodone:

In Florida, one found to be manufacturing heroin, cocaine, or oxycodone has committed a felony of the second degree. Conviction of this offense includes imprisonment of no more than 15 years and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000. It is important for one to note that habitual felony laws and trafficking laws may also apply.

Methylenedioxymethcathinone (bath salts, flakka, gravel), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstacy, molly) and cannabis:

In Florida, one found to be manufacturing methylenedioxymethcathinone (bath salts, flakka, gravel), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstacy, molly), or cultivating or growing cannabis (marijuana) has committed a felony of the third degree. Conviction of this offense includes imprisonment of no more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $5000. It is important for one to note that habitual felony laws and trafficking laws may also apply.

To be convicted under federal law, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the following: 1. The defendant knowingly and intentionally manufactured a controlled substance.

Under federal law, one found to be manufacturing any of the aforementioned substances has committed a felony. Conviction of this offense includes a fine up to and not to exceed $10,000,000 and/or a term of imprisonment in a range of no less than five years to life depending on the weight, and the controlled substance itself that is being manufactured.

Attorney Paul Petruzzi has many years of experience defending those charged with drug manufacturing. He has represented many clients charged with, or under investigation for, various drug manufacturing offenses. It is important for one to hire an experienced attorney when faced with this type of drug charge.

Attorney Paul Petruzzi’s knowledge and expertise in this field of law is a vital asset to anyone charged with this crime.

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