Police in West Chazy, New York recently arrested a 36-year old man and a 30-year old woman on charges of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamines. The couple was arrested after law enforcement found several precursors to manufacturing methamphetamines at a residence. The police did not find an active meth lab, but did discover syringes filled with drug residue. The man was charged with drug possession, manufacturing methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of a child, and the woman was charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment. Both have been placed in prison and have been scheduled for trial.

Any criminal accusation should be taken seriously. A conviction could mean substantial fines, jail time and even significant damage to one’s reputation. After a criminal conviction, it is often more difficult to find a job, rent an apartment, or even obtain child custody. This is why it is so vital to obtain a proper defense when facing a criminal accusation.

Methamphetamine is a drug that requires certain chemicals and laboratory equipment to be used for its manufacture. Because of this, it is considered to be a controlled illegal substance, and possession of these chemicals and laboratory equipment can lead to a drug manufacturing charge, as can possession of plants such as marijuana that are used for producing illegal drugs. Drug manufacturing is an offense that is punished at both the state and federal level, and penalties vary by jurisdiction.

Drug possession and/or manufacturing is considered to be a very serious offense, with very severe penalties. Fortunately, anyone accused of this felony is entitled to a vigorous criminal defense and a presumption of innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Defendants in these cases may question witnesses, challenge the admissibility of the search and seizure of the contraband, as well as that of any evidence offered. A defendant in a drug case has the legal right to pursue an acquittal and a potential vindication of their innocence.

Source: Fox News 44/ABC News 22, “Two arrested on meth and drug charges in West Chazy, NY Wednesday,” Joe Gullo, April 4, 2013