Texas has some of the most intense drug laws in the country. Many people are unaware of how serious these crimes can be, especially when you’re facing a drug manufacturing offense. As such, understanding what warrants these charges and the penalties you can face if convicted is critical. The following blog explores what you should know about this crime and why connecting with Houston drug crime lawyers is critical in the fight for your freedom.

What Constitutes Drug Manufacturing?

It’s important to understand first and foremost that manufacturing and cultivation are two methods of creating drugs that generally fall under the umbrella term of manufacturing. Cultivation is the process of growing and harvesting drugs, mainly marijuana or poppies (which contain opium), while manufacturing refers to the processing of raw materials to make controlled substances or illegal drugs.

You should also understand that you can be charged with manufacturing if you are involved in the process at any point, whether you’re handling the raw materials or packaging and labeling these substances.

What Are the Consequences for This Offense?

If you are charged with a manufacturing offense, understanding the penalties you can face upon your conviction is critical. Unfortunately, the penalties depend heavily on the kind of drug, how much you were manufacturing, and whether or not you have any prior convictions.

However, you should also know that in Texas, the minimum charges you can face for manufacturing a penalty category are incredibly intense, regardless of what category the drug is in. As such, any manufacturing offense in Texas warrants, at the absolute least, a state jail felony. This includes at least 180 days in prison and a fine of up to 180 days in prison. However, depending on the circumstances around your case, you can also face a first-degree felony offense. This can warrant life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

If you are discovered manufacturing a drug not in a penalty group, you can face a Class A misdemeanor, warranting up to one year in county jail and up to $4,000 in fines.

What Should I Do if I’m Arrested?

If you have been arrested on charges of drug manufacturing, understanding how to proceed is critical. Generally, the first thing you should do is invoke your right to remain silent. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of trying to plead their innocence to the arresting officers, which can lead to saying something incriminating. Instead, as soon as you are placed under arrest, you should ask for your attorney and inform the officers you will stay silent until you have spoken with your legal representation.

When you’re caught manufacturing drugs, connecting with an attorney from the Sparks Law Firm, PC is critical. At our firm, we understand how complex these matters can be. Reach out today to explore your legal options with a member of our team.