Getting caught making methamphetamine in Texas may lead to serious penalties like heavy fines and time in prison. That’s why it’s so important for you to make sure you defend yourself against any allegations you face.
The penalties that could be imposed will be based on the amount of the drug in your possession as well as if you intended to distribute or have distributed it. Manufacturing meth is going to lead to more serious charges than simply possessing it in many cases.
In fiscal year 2018, there were 69,425 cases of methamphetamine trafficking in the United States. There were three parts of Texas, the Northern, Western and Southern Districts, that were among the top five districts for methamphetamine trafficking offenses in the country.
Methamphetamine possession isn’t always illegal, but manufacturing it is
If you don’t have the right licensing to be manufacturing methamphetamine in an approved laboratory, then you could find yourself facing serious allegations. While methamphetamine is used for some medical purposes, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription or being an authorized person is against the law.
If you’re accused of manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine, you need to have a strong defense. It is more difficult to defend against allegations of manufacturing meth if the tools used to make it are found in your home or a property that you frequent, but it is possible. If you had no knowledge that the drug was being manufactured in your home or you didn’t know that you had it in your possession in your vehicle, for example, you may have a good defense.
Additionally, it’s possible to look into aspects of the case such as if the police entered a property legally and if the evidence is still in their possession. It’s important, and responsible, to make sure that the police have followed the law while searching your property. If not, then the evidence may not be admissible.
These charges should be taken seriously. If you’re facing charges, it’s time to look into your legal options for a strong defense. The penalties could be severe upon conviction, so it’s worth fighting to have the charges reduced or dropped.