Meth Labs or Manufacturing Methamphetamine
Drug Crime Lawyers Defending Clients Charged with Running a Meth Lab or the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Throughout Michigan Including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing
Production or manufacturing of methamphetamine or maintaining a "meth lab" is a serious criminal offense. Michigan authorities crack down hard on individuals who are found guilty of manufacturing meth, handing out sentences that ultimately put an end to your future and freedom. In the state of Michigan there are various statutes which have been put into place that are designed to completely stop the creation and operation of meth labs. Individuals who have been arrested for possession, selling or making meth must seek out the services of a skilled Michigan drug defense attorney. At Grabel & Associates, our team of aggressive drug crime lawyers has the experience and aggressive approach necessary to secure your freedom and protect you from harsh, life-changing penalties.
Also known as "ice," "crystal meth," "crank," and "chalk," methamphetamine is a drug that is highly addictive and extremely dangerous, but one which has grown in popularity not only in the state of Michigan but across the nation. Without a valid prescription, all forms of meth are illegal in the state. Perhaps one reason Michigan law enforcement officials and prosecutors crack down so hard on those who produce meth is the potential danger of the drug and the side effects which can prove to be fatal, including heart attack.
Penalties for Maintaining a Meth Lab or Methamphetamine Manufacturing in Michigan
The consequences of being convicted on charges of running a meth lab or manufacturing methamphetamine in Michigan are severe. Methamphetamine is considered a Schedule II drug; individuals who manufacture, sell or distribute this drug typically face years or even life in prison, depending upon the crime or amount of meth involved.
If you are charged with the creation or manufacture of or intent to manufacture meth and are convicted, you could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000, or both. Additional mitigating circumstances or factors could potentially result in even harsher penalties. For example, past criminal convictions, being in possession of firearms or operating a meth lab in close proximity to a school, park or other location could result in additional fines and/or prison time.
Methamphetamine Manufacturing/Meth Lab Defense Firm in Michigan
A prosecutor must prove that an individual manufactured or delivered meth or possessed methamphetamine that he or she intended to deliver. To do this, the prosecutor must prove that a) the individual did in fact possess meth, and how much the individual possessed, b) the individual did not have a prescription or was not otherwise authorized to possess methamphetamine, and c) the individual intended to sell or deliver the meth.
Police and prosecutors have become overzealous in their pursuit of cases involving the manufacture of methamphetamine, largely due to their increased efforts in recent years to clean up meth labs or houses where the production or manufacture of the drug has taken place. Essentially, this means that prosecutors often put together weak cases, charging innocent individuals who may possess ingredients such as pseudoephedrine or ephedrine with manufacturing meth. Under the law, individuals are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; possessing these over-the-counter drugs does not make you a criminal.
Ultimately, if you are charged with running a meth lab or the manufacture of meth you must have a dedicated and experienced Michigan drug crime attorney to represent you and protect your legal rights. Michigan and Federal drug laws are extremely complex, far too complicated for individuals who have been arrested for these types of crimes to represent themselves. At Grabel & Associates, we are dedicated to defending the reputation and freedom of those arrested for operating meth labs or the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Contact us immediately for unsurpassed criminal defense at 1-800-342-7896.