Any "meth" charge in Florida is a felony from possession on up. If you are manufacturing or "cooking" or if you are selling or trafficking the drug the penalties are much more severe. Courts will look at mere possession as indication of an abuser who may need help, but any of the other charges are considered much more dangerous as you are creating and expanding the problem of drug abuse. This is why pre-trial diversion programs like drug court are not offered to defendants charged with manufacturing, selling, trafficking, etc. The penalties for these charges can be severe and in the case of trafficking carry minimum mandatory sentences of 15 years in prison or higher. You need to meet with a criminal defense attorney who can review your particular case and advise you of the possible penalties you are facing. DO NOT post anything about the facts here or anywhere else on the web! Meet with an attorney in person to protect yourself.
One lesser charge for any crime is the attempt to commit the crime. Any meth charge is a felony. Manufacturing is worse than possession, so you would probably want it dropped to just possession, but we do not have any facts, just the question.
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My colleagues answered your question very well. I would just add that a criminal defense attorney may be critical to the actual outcome of your case. They can review the police conduct, evidence and determine if there are any legal issues that can help you get your charge or disposition reduced. Good luck.
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A great criminal defense attorney can analyze and attack all aspects of the case, including whether jurisdiction is proper, the constitutionality of the search, and or seizure, probable cause to stop you, attack any damning statements you made, and try and get you the best possible result. Meth is a felony. Manufacturing Meth is part of trafficking and is punished as follows: § 893.135(1)(f) (Trafficking).
Prohibits the sale, purchase, manufacture, delivery, or knowing possession of 14 grams or more of methamphetamine as follows:
14 grams or more is a 1st degree felony, with a 3-year prison and $50,000 fine minimum mandatory
28 grams or more is a 1st degree felony, with a 7-year and $100,000 minimum mandatory
200 grams or more is a 1st degree felony, with a 15-year and $250,000 minimum mandatory
The manufacture or importation into Florida of 400 grams or more of methamphetamine or phenylacetone, phenylacetic acid, pseudoephedrine, or ephedrine in conjunction with other chemicals and equipment used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, knowing that the probable result of such manufacture or importation would be the death of any person is a capital felony with a $250,000 fine.
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