Criminal Defense - Operating a Drug Factory
Knowledge and Resources for Effective Defense
Operating a drug factory is serious offense, and widely misunderstood. If you are under investigation or charged with this crime, it is in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced Connecticut criminal defense lawyer. Under state law, a drug factory is defined as:
“any place used for the manufacturing, mixing, compounding, refining, processing, packaging, distributing, storing, keeping, holding, administering, or assembling illegal substances . . . or any building, rooms, or location which contains equipment or paraphernalia used for this purpose.”
Any place in which drugs are packaged, processed, or assembled may be deemed a “drug factory” – including dorm rooms and cars. In Connecticut, all the police need to see to make a marijuana drug factory arrest is .5 oz of the drug, a scale, and some plastic bags. Sometimes, you can be charged with operating a drug factory just for having drug paraphernalia – an offense that is normally a misdemeanor, but in this case becomes a felony.
Police and prosecutors will often accuse individuals of operating a drug factory even when there is not a lot of drugs or contraband present and the circumstances suggest it’s just a case of drug possession. They know you are more likely to plead guilty to a lesser crime (e.g. possession) if you are being accused of a more serious felony drug charge like operation of a drug factory. Attorney Dolan is skilled at fighting back against this underhanded plea tactic.
Drug Factory Conviction Requirements
In order to actually convict a defendant of this drug crime, the prosecution must prove certain elements beyond a reasonable doubt.
The State must prove:
- That the defendant knowingly possessed drug paraphernalia;
- That the possession of that paraphernalia took place in a drug factory situation; and
- That the purpose was the preparation of a specific controlled substance.
Our Hamden criminal lawyer can assess your case and provide possible defense strategies. We work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
Penalties for Operating a Drug Factory
Criminal penalties for a first conviction include up to 7 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. For a subsequent conviction you can face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Do not face the threat of these penalties without the protection of a seasoned Connecticut criminal defense attorney.
Outstanding Hamden Criminal Defense Lawyers
At Dolan Law Firm, our team stands ready to aggressively defend you, and we work hard to have your charges reduced, dismissed, or to achieve an acquittal when your case goes to trial. You have the benefit of an experienced Hamden criminal attorney handling your case, and the support of a team of experts and consultants in the area. We know how the prosecution thinks and how they strategize to win a conviction. We have the knowledge and resources to seek a positive outcome, and pledge that no one will work harder for you than we will. Take advantage of our offer for a free case evaluation.