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Tenacious New York Attorneys Fight Felony Drug Manufacturing Charges

Skilled Manhattan lawyers represent clients accused of Schedule I production

Law enforcement in New York often seeks harsh punishments for individuals accused of producing or growing illicit substances, such as marijuana and methamphetamine, even when the drugs are intended for personal use. At Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo, our criminal defense attorneys develop thorough and powerful defenses to drug manufacturing charges. Based in New York City, we seek favorable outcomes on behalf of defendants in courts throughout New York.

Respected lawyers explain New York controlled substance creation laws

With few exceptions, it is a crime to grow marijuana in New York. The more plants a person cultivates without permission, the harsher the penalties he or she may face. It is also against the law to create methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy and other controlled substances.

Police do not need to catch you making drugs in order to charge you with drug manufacturing. It is enough that you possess materials that could be used to produce a controlled substance. In some cases, the prosecution may be required to show that you also possessed laboratory equipment in addition to drug precursors, chemical reagents or solvents.

Being caught with manufacturing materials does not mean you are destined to be convicted. The seasoned drug crimes attorneys fight the legitimacy of charges that result from unlawful searches or seizures and work to exonerate clients who were wrongfully accused.

Strategic trial attorneys handle all types of New York drug cases

At both the state and federal level, every type of controlled substance is classified into one of five tiers. Schedule I drugs are considered to have the highest potential for abuse and no recognized medical purpose, while Schedule V drugs are deemed to have a valid medical purpose and the least potential for abuse. Examples of drugs that fall into each schedule include:

  • Schedule I — Marijuana, heroin, LSD, MDMA, GHB, psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”)
  • Schedule II — Methamphetamine, morphine, oxycodone, amphetamine (such as Adderall)
  • Schedule III — Ketamine, lysergic acid, secobarbital, zolazepam
  • Schedule IV — Barbital, diazepam (such as Valium), flunitrazepam (roofies)
  • Schedule V — Certain cough medicines containing codeine, ezogabine

Generally, punishments for manufacturing a Schedule I substance are the most severe, with lesser penalties prescribed for each subsequent class of drug. Our accomplished criminal law attorneys passionately defend clients facing all varieties of New York drug manufacturing charges.

Adamant defense attorneys pursue minimal penalties for drug manufacturing

Two common drug manufacturing charges are the class E felony of “criminal possession of precursors of controlled substances” and the class D felony of “unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree.” Penalties for either charge can vary widely, with some convictions resulting in years-long prison sentences and others punished by probation without jail time. If a defendant has a record of previous offenses, the crime will be considered more serious.

Our firm has successfully achieved dismissals of felony drug charges and have negotiated felonies down to misdemeanors. As your legal team, we will work tirelessly in pursuit of the best possible resolution.

Contact aggressive New York City drug manufacturing defense attorneys for a consultation

The high-powered, New York City criminal defense attorneys at Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo represent clients charged with drug trafficking crimes in New York. We are located conveniently near Grand Central Station in Manhattan. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our committed trial lawyers, call 212-227-8877 or contact us online.