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What are the drug manufacturing laws in Pennsylvania?

Drug manufacturing is typically seen as a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania. Despite that, being charged with this crime and being convicted can still lead to a prison sentence. Some misdemeanors carry prison sentences of up to three years and fines of up to $25,000. There are certain situations where you may be able to help yourself even if you are guilty of the crime by pleading guilty in advance in exchange for a lesser charge, but this is something that you should discuss with your attorney before you make the decision to do so.

In all cases, the job of the prosecution is to prove that you are manufacturing drugs. If the prosecution does not have enough evidence or if the evidence is faulty, the prosecution will have a harder time convincing the jury or judge that you were participating in drug crimes.

Certain drugs lead to different kinds of penalties as well, particularly in the case of marijuana. It is only a misdemeanor to have up to nine plants growing in your home or other property. If you have between 10 and 21 plants, it becomes a felony that can lead to a prison sentence of at least one year and a $5,000 fine. If you are convicted of having more marijuana than this, the penalties increase.

Methamphetamine is also treated differently. The manufacture of methamphetamine is charged as a felony and can result in a fine of up to $100,000, 10 years in prison or both. If you're ready to defend yourself against a drug manufacturing charge, you need to know the kinds of defenses that could work. For instance, if you didn't know that drugs were being manufactured or grown on your property, then that lack of knowledge could be a defense.

An insufficient quantity of the drug might not be able to be penalized, and if you are a practitioner licensed to manufacture a drug and you have a professional practice, then there's no reason that you should be charged for doing your job. An unlawful search and seizure or entrapment can also be faults of the police and can be used to request that your case is dismissed.

Source: FindLaw, "Pennsylvania Drug Manufacturing Laws," accessed Nov. 10, 2016

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