Solicitors for Production, Cultivation & Manufacture of Drugs

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Defence Solicitors for Allegations of Drug Production, Cultivation & Manufacture

Have you been accused of producing, cultivating or manufacturing controlled drugs? At Clifford Johnston & Co, we are highly experienced in advising individuals facing allegations of drug offences.

Our team of expert drug offence solicitors, led by the highly respected criminal defence lawyer Jared McNally, is here to defend your legal rights. We provide representation at every stage of the criminal proceedings. With a meticulous approach and a steadfast commitment to getting the optimal outcome available to you, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the optimal path through your current situation, no matter the issue. Our team comprises highly qualified lawyers who will stand by your side in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts. We also maintain close links with several specialist criminal defence barristers, ensuring you receive the best possible defence.

If you’re facing drug-related charges, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our drug crime defence solicitors will provide comprehensive legal support throughout the entire process, ensuring you receive the highest level of defence from the initial interview to court appearances and beyond.

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Sentencing guidelines for production, cultivation and manufacture of drugs

As covered under Section 4 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the production of drugs carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment when the case involves Class A drugs; for classes B and C, you can face up to 14 years in custody.

The Sentencing Council has created definitive guidance for all drug offences. Sentences for drug production can range from a discharge to a maximum of 20 years in custody. Being charged under the offence carries a serious risk of imprisonment.

Other consequences of the production of drugs offence include:

  • Ancillary orders: These additional measures can include an injunction to prevent the production, supply, importation or exploitation of a drug, a confiscation order, a travel restriction order, forfeiture and restraint orders. During the investigation, assets may also be frozen and cash or other assets seized.
  • Payment of costs applied for by the prosecutors: Defendants may have to cover the costs incurred by the prosecution upon request by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) seeking medical or expert evidence as part of the investigation and re-interviewing witnesses. The defendant may also have to recover the prosecutor’s fees (subject to financial means), including those for external barristers used by the CPS. The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 allows the prosecutor to request the judge to order the convicted to pay these costs.
  • Victims’ surcharges: Convicted individuals may be forced to pay victims’ surcharges, ranging from £20 to £170, depending on the sentence received, contributing to a fund for victims.

How courts determine the severity of drug production offences for sentencing

In drug-related offences, each case is considered individually. The information judges receive on sentencing are only guidelines, and as well as the factors detailed above, the following are considered when the court decides which sentence to give:

  • Previous convictions
  • Level of remorse
  • Level of cooperation during the investigation
  • Reputation/good character
  • Any learning disabilities/mental disorders
  • Serious medical conditions requiring long-term, urgent or intensive treatment
  • Whether related dependents rely on sole or primary care of the accused
  • Whether the activity the accused took part in was originally legitimate

Given the complexity and serious consequences of drug production charges, it is crucial to seek immediate legal representation. An experienced solicitor can navigate the intricacies of your case, ensuring that all mitigating factors are thoroughly presented and that your rights are rigorously defended throughout the legal process.

What are controlled drugs?

Controlled drugs are drugs that are subject to high levels of regulation that the government has decided are especially addictive and harmful. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 introduced controlled drugs as being classified as Class A, B or C depending on their potential of harm arising from misuse. The most hazardous drugs are in the Class A category. Classification considers the extent to which the drug is:

  1. being misused,
  2. likely to be misused, and
  3. likely to create a social problem.

The list of controlled drugs under the Act is exhaustive and can be found on the Government website. Common examples of controlled drugs include:

  • Class A: Cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and LSD
  • Class B: Cannabis, ketamine, mephedrone, speed and some amphetamines
  • Class C: Anabolic steroids, GHB and some tranquilisers

The penalties for producing controlled drugs vary depending on various factors, but in all cases, expert representation is necessary to navigate the complexities of the legal process.

What actions are considered production of drugs?

The production of drug offences includes cannabis cultivation and manufacturing quantities of controlled substances for commercial or personal use. When passing sentencing, the court will examine numerous factors related to the case, including drug class, quantity and the individual’s role in the crime.

The circumstances surrounding your case will undoubtedly be unique, so it is crucial that you instruct an experienced solicitor to accompany you when speaking with the police. Any communication could be used as evidence to prove guilt, so we highly recommend not talking to authorities without a lawyer present, whether it’s a telephone conversation or an in-person meeting. Without the aid of a qualified legal representative, you could be at risk of conviction.

Contact our drug offence solicitors today

Our drug offence solicitors specialise in serious crime offences, defending clients across the UK in all criminal law matters. We have built up a robust national reputation for our legal services. Our highly accredited Stockport & Manchester Solicitors are professionals in their fields, taking pride in providing a positive difference for our clients.

Whether you’ve been informed that you are the subject of an investigation, have been invited for an interview or arrested, you should contact us immediately. Our expert criminal defence lawyers are here to guide you through every step, clearly explaining your options and seeking the best outcome for your unique circumstances.

What will happen when I instruct a drug offence solicitor?

Can the police search my home?

Can the police search my phone and social media accounts for evidence against me?

Can I also be charged with possession and intent to supply?

Is it possible to reduce a sentence for the production of drugs offence with a guilty plea?