Manufacturing With Intent To Sell
If you are arrested for manufacturing with intent to sell, these are some of the most serious drug-related charges you can face, and you will require help from a Lansing criminal attorney. If convicted, you will incur severe penalties, including decades in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
If you’ve been charged with manufacturing with the intent to distribute, do not hesitate to contact a Lansing criminal attorney. Call DeBruin Law, PLLC, by phone at 517-731-0353. Your charges are very serious, and the resolution of your case could determine the rest of your life.
Manufacturing with the intent to distribute any controlled substance is a serious crime under Michigan criminal law; however, the level of severity and the possible consequences vary depending on the type of substance involved.
In Michigan, controlled substances are organized by the following schedule:
- Schedule I: Ecstasy, LSD, GHB
- Schedule II: Oxycodone, morphine, methamphetamine, hydrocodone
- Schedule III: Hydrocodone mixed with aspirin, let alone
- Schedule IV: Valium, Xanax
- Schedule V: Over-the-counter drugs that contain ephedrine or codeine
According to Section 333.7401 of the Michigan Public Health Code, it is illegal to “manufacture, create, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture, create, or deliver a controlled substance, a prescription form, or a counterfeit prescription form.”
Those found guilty under this statute may face:
- Life in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for 1,000 or more grams of many Schedule I and II narcotics
- Up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 for between 450 and 999 grams of any Schedule I and II narcotics
- Up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for between 50 and 450 grams of any Schedule I and II narcotics
- Up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 for under 50 grams of any Schedule I and II narcotics
- Between two and seven years in prison and fines between $2,000 and $10,000 for many Schedule III, IV and V substances
Legal Marijuana Exceptions
It should be noted that since marijuana became legal for recreational use in 2018, individuals are legally allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their home for personal use. Transfer of marijuana, up to two-and-a-half ounces, is legal as well. This is as long as there was nothing, such as money, for example, exchanged for it.
Other Potential Consequences
A conviction for manufacturing with the intent to distribute could result in stiff fines and a lengthy prison term, but those are not the only ways these charges could seriously impact your life.
A drug-related felony on your record could make it impossible for you to pass a background check. You may have difficulty finding employment, being accepted into a continuing education program or obtaining a professional license.
Difficulty Renting Property
Many rental applications ask directly about criminal convictions, and even if you don’t disclose a conviction, your potential landlord could run a background check. A drug-related felony conviction on your record may disqualify you as a tenant.
If your employer has a zero tolerance policy for drug-related or felony convictions, you may be terminated. Many jobs in the public sector or jobs working with children, among others, require a clean criminal record to maintain employment.
Difficulty Securing Student Aid
Are you a student of higher education? If you are receiving federal student loans at the time of your drug conviction, your eligibility to receive student aid may be suspended. You could also be required to return some or all of any funds that were already dispersed to you.
How A Lansing Drug Defense Attorney Can Help
An experienced legal professional will walk you through your case from inception through final resolution. When you contact DeBruin Law, PLLC, today, a drug defense lawyer near East Lansing will explain your charges and every step of the process, advising you about how your case may go, what all of your options are, and what is best for you and the unique circumstances of your particular case.