While many controlled substances make their way into the country from outside nations, there are many in the United States and Oklahoma who cultivate and manufacture controlled substances. You should be aware that the state of Oklahoma is cracking down on drug use, meaning you can face serious consequences for your participation in the manufacturing of these substances. As such, if you are charged with drug manufacturing, it’s important to understand what warrants these charges and the associated penalties. Keep reading to learn more about these charges and why it’s in your best interest to connect with an Oklahoma City felony defense lawyer who can represent you during these times.

What Is Drug Manufacturing?

In Oklahoma, manufacturing refers to the production, compounding, propagation, or processing of a controlled substance. Anyone who assists in this process by tending to, packaging, or labeling these substances is a “manufacturer.”

While any drug can be manufactured, in Oklahoma, the two most common substances associated with this charge are marijuana and methamphetamines. Growing or cultivating marijuana is common due to the climate of the state, and there are a number of “meth labs” or locations where people produce methamphetamines.

What Are the Penalties?

The penalties you can face will depend on the amount of the substance you’re caught with.

For a simple manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance charge, you can face seven years to life in prison, even if it is a first offense. Additionally, you will face a maximum fine of $50,000. You can face this charge if you are discovered with amounts equal to or less than the following:

  • 1 kilogram of heroin
  • 5 kilograms of cocaine
  • 1000 kilograms of marijuana
  • 10 grams of LSD
  • 100 grams of PCP

However, if you are discovered with more than any of those amounts, you will face an aggravated manufacturing charge. Penalties for this offense include twenty years to life in prison. Additionally, you can face a fine of up to $50,000.

What Should I Do if I’m Arrested?

If you are arrested for drug manufacturing in Oklahoma, the penalties you can face for this offense can be incredibly intense. As such, you should connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. They can examine your circumstances to determine the best course of action for your circumstances.

In the meantime, you should not speak to the police. Anything you say can and will be held against you. As such, you must invoke your right to remain silent until you have consulted with an attorney.

At the Jones Firm, PLLC, we understand how overwhelming these matters can be. That’s why our team is dedicated to fighting for the best possible outcome for your unique circumstances. Connect with us today to learn how we can fight for you if you’ve been charged with drug manufacturing.