Drug crimes should be taken seriously, especially if you are the one who is being accused of them. One of the criminal acts that could result in significant penalties is drug manufacturing. It’s a well-known fact that New York’s drug laws are among the strictest in America. The laws are complex, and there are six different felony classifications for drug manufacturing alone.
The good news is that there are many defensive options for those who are accused of drug crimes. Some of the possible defenses that you may want to use include:
- Lack of knowledge
- Infancy (used for those who are 16 or younger)
- Lack of intent
- Possession for personal use
Here’s a good example. If you are accused of manufacturing drugs in a home that you share with others, you could claim that you didn’t know what drugs were being made there. Depending on the layout of the home and your access to different parts of the property, that could be an excellent defense.
What do you need to do if you’re accused of drug manufacturing?
Drug manufacturing charges often result in felony charges, because you’re the person who is creating and bringing drugs into the community. As a result, the charges you face could be extensive. Remember, if you face a manufacturing charge, you may also be charged with possession, the intent to sell or other drug crimes that could increase the number of penalties that you face.
If you’re accused, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to become better informed of your rights. You can reach out to your attorney to discuss the charges, any recent changes in law or laws that could help you and to begin working on your case. It’s better to begin working with your attorney earlier rather than later on in the case, so that they can help you avoid saying anything that might hurt your case in the future.
What do you need when you speak with your attorney?
You may want to bring any supporting evidence to show that you were not present during an alleged crime or information that can back up your own claims for your defense. You should be honest with your attorney, so they can understand exactly how you ended up involved in this case and to allow them a chance to think about all angles of possible defense. Your attorney will reach out to the prosecution to learn more about the exact charges and begin working on your case at that point.