According to Tennessee law, you commit an offense if you knowingly manufacture a controlled substance or possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture. The law defines manufacturing as the “production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion or processing of a controlled substance, either directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of natural origin or independently by means of chemical synthesis…” (TCA § 39-17-402 and 417).
It is also a criminal offense in Tennessee to knowingly initiate a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. It is important that you know that a jury can infer intent to manufacture drugs based upon the amount of a controlled substance found in your possession.
If you are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine you will face a Class B felony conviction. In addition, if the manufacturing occurred near a child, you will face heightened penalties including the possibility of no parole.
You may also face the following:
Drug laws are complex and it is important to understand your drug manufacturing charges and all associated consequences. In order to obtain a conviction, the prosecutor typically must prove you possessed and intended to manufacture the controlled substance.
Our skilled Murfreesboro drug crime lawyer can help you build a defense against these charges. If you’ve been charged with possessing certain chemicals, we can prove you had a legitimate purpose for possessing them and no intention to manufacture an illegal drug. In order to protect your rights and preserve favorable evidence, it is crucial you consult with Clarke Law Firm immediately.
Contact our office today at (615) 796-6299 for a case evaluation.