Manufacturing drugs is a felony offense in California. That’s important to know because if you’re accused of creating drugs for sale, then you could be severely penalized upon conviction. California’s state laws prohibit the manufacture of illegal controlled substances and any of the dangerous drugs that are listed in California’s Penal Code. Some of the drugs that are illegal to produce include:

  • Cocaine
  • Cocaine base
  • Opium
  • Hallucinogenic drugs

If you are caught creating a drug that is illegal or listed in the California Penal Code, then you could face felony charges by the state.

It’s not just the drugs themselves that can get you in trouble. Did you know that it is also unlawful to possess certain chemicals, since they could be used in the creation of illegal drugs? For example, it’s illegal to possess the chemicals that are used to manufacture phencyclidine, better known as PCP. The prosecution will work to prove that the intention was to create PCP or methamphetamine if that drug is found.

If the prosecution is able to do so, then you could be found guilty of a felony based on state law.

Drug cultivation is penalized harshly. Some penalties may include:

  • Fines of up to $50,000
  • Prison sentences of three, five or seven years behind bars in state prison
  • Enhanced penalties based on your past criminal record
  • Up to six years in state prison for the possession of the chemicals or compounds needed to create methamphetamine or PCP

There are defenses to these charges, but you do need to react quickly. The earlier you start to defend yourself, the better it is going to be for your case overall. Our site has more on what you should know if you face charges in California.