Operating A Meth Lab/Dumping Methamphetamine Waste In Pennsylvania

September 25, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with having a Methamphetamine lab also known as a Meth lab in Pennsylvania? The charges associated with the production and distribution of Methamphetamine in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to ten years in prison and thousands in fines just for a single charge.

There are different offenses in Pennsylvania under the same statute; all of which are Felonies that can result in, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines. The multiple different subsections for the charge of Operating a Meth lab/Dumping Methamphetamine waste in Pennsylvania they are as follows;

(a.1) Operating A Methamphetamine Lab:

Is a felony 2 with a max punishment of 10 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine.

The elements are that you knowingly causes a reaction involving the chemicals needed for the purpose of making Meth, or were preparing the substances for the production of Meth.

In addition, all of the cost of the cleanup process is brought against you as restitution for the cleanup of clandestine laboratories.

(a.3) If you are convicted of operating a Meth lab within 1000 feet of a school, nursery, or daycare center and the like, the punishment is increased to a Felony 1 which increases the max punishments to 20 years and a fine of $25,000.

(b.1) Deposits, Stores, Disposes Chemical Waste:

Is a felony 3 with a max punishment of 7 years of incarceration and a $15,000 fine.

The elements are that you knowingly or recklessly stored or disposed of the substances used to make Meth, or were in the preparation of manufacturing Meth with these substances.

In addition, all of the cost of the cleanup process is brought against you as restitution as reimbursement for all law enforcement, emergency medical, fire, or other organizations used for cleaning up the environmental hazards associated with operating a lab or possessing the ingredients to create Meth.

As you can see from this very lengthy statue to which I have trimmed down, being charged with Operating a Meth lab/Dumping Methamphetamine waste in Pennsylvania is a very serious offense. The results of a conviction are all felonies which could result in spending decades in prison. If the police arrest you for Operating a Meth lab/Dumping Methamphetamine waste it is very important to be polite but remain silent and request to speak with your lawyer right away. Anything you say can and will be used against you. With so much at risk , t is important that you exercise your constitutional rights from the very beginning.

It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away in you or someone you know is charged with Operating a Meth lab/Dumping Methamphetamine waste in Pennsylvania. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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