Georgia Drug Manufacturing Laws
Georgia's drug laws, particularly those governing sentencing, are some of the strongest in the nation. When it comes to manufacturing, the laws generally require evidence of an intent to distribute. They also break down manufacturing crimes by type of substance and even include lawful substances that can also be used to manufacture drugs. With the latter, it's possible that a defendant could lawfully purchase a common substance (such as one found in a local hardware store), but could nonetheless be convicted of drug manufacturing if there is evidence of an intent to use that substance to manufacture prohibited drugs.
There have been efforts to reform the impact of Georgia's laws, but with mandatory minimum sentences courts often have little ability to reduce some of the harsher sentences. However, there are some circumstances where a court can depart from the mandatory minimum sentences, such as where a defendant:
- Provides substantial assistance to law enforcement;
- Was not a leader of the criminal conduct;
- Did not possess or use a dangerous weapon during the crime;
- Did not cause death or serious bodily injury;
- Has no prior felony convictions; or
- Serving a mandatory minimum sentence would not advance the interests of justice.
Georgia Drug Manufacturing Laws At A Glance
For more information on the specific drug manufacturing laws in Georgia, consult the chart below.
|Mandatory Minimum Sentences||
Cocaine (purity of at least 10%)
Defenses to Georgia drug manufacturing laws include:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Georgia Drug Manufacturing Laws: Additional Resources
If you'd like more information related to this topic, please click on the links below:
- Georgia Drug Trafficking Laws
- Georgia Criminal Laws
- Georgia Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws
- Georgia Legal Research
Contact an Attorney in Georgia About Your Drug Manufacturing Case
As you can see, Georgia drug manufacturing laws can be harsh, particularly where they incorporate perfectly legal substances which could be used in drug manufacturing. With many of these laws, the government's case comes down to intent, which is not always easy to prove. If you're facing drug manufacturing charges in Georgia, you'll want to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side early on in the process to challenge the government's evidence and to bolster your own.
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