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Drug Production and Cultivation - Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer

Perhaps the only drug charge taken more seriously than drug distribution in Utah is drug production, manufacture, or cultivation. Drug possession and drug distribution are serious charges under Utah law. But conviction for production, manufacture, or cultivation of a controlled substance increases the potential penalties substantially. Based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard has extensive experience defending a wide variety of drug-related case. As an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney, he can help ensure that your rights are protected.

Consequences of Drug Production, Manufacturing, or Cultivation in Utah

Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer - Salt Lake Drug DistributionPossession of marijuana begins as a class B misdemeanor in Utah. But growing a single marijuana plant, even if it is only for personal use, begins as a third degree felony under Utah's drug production and cultivation laws. Criminal charges for producing or manufacturing other drugs in Utah can be even more severe - sometimes reaching the first-degree felony level with the potential for a life prison sentence.

Utah's drug production laws can sometimes apply even in cases where no drugs are produced. Possession of chemicals that can be used in the production of methamphetamine ("precursor" chemicals) without ever actually manufacturing the drug can still result in a second degree felony charge punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

While the potential penalties for illegal drug production or manufacturing are potentially severe, prosecutors and judges must still consider the specific circumstances of each case in determining how agressively to prosecute the case or in deciding an appropriate sentence. A person growing a couple of marijuana plants for personal use is likely to be prosecuted much less aggressively than a person who is alleged to be the kingpin of a large drug manufacturing and distribution syndicate.

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While a Utah drug manufacturing charge is serious, there are potential defenses. Constitutional defenses, motions to suppress, actual innocence, and other fact defenses often come into play when a person is charged with production of a controlled substance. To determine whether a particular defense applies to your case, you should consult with an experienced defense attorney with a record of achieving real results.

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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
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