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Elements of drug manufacturing crimes

Most New York residents likely do not want to be associated with drug crimes. Drug crimes can result in not only hefty fines and potential prison time, they can seriously damage a person's reputation. A person's reputation can be impacted in their personal life, affecting relationships with family and friends. It can also impact a person's professional reputation, causing him or her to lose a job, and making it more difficult to obtain employment in the future. This makes it of the utmost importance to mount a vigorous defense against such charges.

What's more, some drug crimes are considered more serious than others. For instance, simple possession of a small amount of an illegal substance is usually not considered as serious as drug manufacturing. Drug manufacturing occurs when a person is involved in any part of the production of a drug.

For a person to be found guilty of drug manufacturing, certain elements must be proven. For example, in the case of marijuana, the possession of the seeds is not always proof that a person intends to distribute the drug. However, if the person is in possession of seeds along with other equipment, such as hydroponic equipment or indoor glow lamps, this may be enough to lead to a person being found guilty of drug manufacturing. Illegal chemical and industrial supplies are also often used as evidence.

Poking holes in the evidence and challenging the way in which an arrest was conducted are common ways to fight a drug charge. Attorneys are available to help those accused of such crimes mount a strong defense and fight to get such charges wipes from a person's record, so they can get back to living their lives.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation," Accessed on April 24, 2017

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