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Drug crimes and enhanced penalties for making methamphetamine

Arkansas takes the manufacture of methamphetamine seriously and prosecutors will pursue significant penalties for those who are convicted of taking part in these drug crimes. For those who are involved in the manufacturing of this drug, it is important to understand the potential penalties they will face. For some, there can be enhanced penalties, depending on the circumstances. Understanding the law related to this issue is important when considering whether to plead guilty or "nolo contendere" to manufacturing methamphetamine.

For people who manufacture methamphetamine or possess paraphernalia that is used to manufacture it and plead guilty or nolo contendere to the charges, there could be an enhanced sentence of an additional 10 years if the circumstances warrant it. Should this occur when there is a minor, an elderly person or an incompetent person involved - regardless of whether it is a relative of the person charged or not - it can lead to the enhanced sentence. If any of these people were in the same residence or structure when it was being manufactured or where the manufacturing paraphernalia was being used, it can also lead to the enhanced sentence. And, if one of these individuals was in the same immediate area or in a vehicle when the person was arrested on methamphetamine charges, it can result in those extra 10 years.

When there is the enhanced penalty, it will be consecutive to the penalties for the original charge, not concurrent. There will be no early release, parole or community correction transfer while the enhanced penalty is being served. Elderly people refers to those who are 70 or older. An incompetent person is considered to have mental incapacitation, be mentally defective or physically helpless. A minor is someone under 18-years-old.

Drug crimes can cause a person to face jail time, fines and more. This is often dependent on the situation. People who fall into the above categories when it comes to manufacturing methamphetamine or possess paraphernalia to manufacture it are frequently unaware of the enhanced penalties that might come up. Since the law can be so complicated and the penalties for methamphetamine so harsh, it is vital to have legal assistance to formulate a defense to drug crimes.

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