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NY Penal Law § 220.76: Unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material

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Last Updated on: 5th August 2023, 03:47 pm

Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material: Understanding the Serious Consequences

If you are involved in creating or disposing of methamphetamine, it is crucial to understand the severe consequences of violating New York Penal Code § 220.76. This law prohibits the unsafe disposal of any hazardous materials associated with methamphetamine production.

The Spodek Law Group, led by Attorney Todd Spodek, has extensive experience dealing with these types of legal issues and can help you understand what the law entails and how best to protect yourself.

Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material

According to New York Penal Law ¬ß 220.76, it is illegal to recklessly or intentionally dispose of any hazardous methamphetamine laboratory materials that endanger others’ health or the environment. You can be charged with a class E felony for unlawfully disposing of methamphetamine laboratory material if:

– You knew that the materials were used or intended for use in connection with a methamphetamine operation.
– You disposed of them in a way that poses a risk to human health or safety, causing substantial harm to the environment.

It’s important to note that even if you did not create the methamphetamine itself, simply disposing its hazardous byproducts recklessly or intentionally could still lead to criminal charges.

An Example

Suppose police officers discovered waste materials from methamphetamine production inside a garbage bin outside your home while you were disposing various chemicals into it. Even if you claim ignorance about its contents, they may suspect your involvement in producing this drug and investigate further until they arrest you on suspicion of unlawful disposal and manufacture charges related to this substance abuse issue.

Offenses Related To Methamphetamine Production

Apart from unlawful disposal offenses under NY penal code § 220.76; there are several other offenses outlined under NY penal laws related specifically towards manufacturing/possession/use/sale/distribution etc., which include:

РUnlawful manufacture (third degree) of methamphetamine: NY Penal Code § 220.73
РUnlawful manufacture (second degree) of methamphetamine: NY Penal Code § 220.74
Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material (second degree): NY Penal Law § 220.70
Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material (first degree): NY Penal Law § 220.71
Criminal possession of precursors to methamphetamine: NY Penal Law § 220.72
– Unlawful manufacture (first degree) of Methamphetamine : New York penal code § 220.75

Possible Defenses

One potential defense against unlawful disposal is challenging the prosecutor’s ability to connect the materials found with you, which can be difficult if they cannot establish a clear connection between them and you.

However, this defense strategy requires an experienced attorney such as those at Spodek Law Group who can build a strong case on your behalf.


If convicted for unlawfully disposing hazardous materials related to producing or using Methamphetamines, you may face up to four years in prison along with fines and probation terms lasting five years.

The judge will consider several factors when determining your sentence, including the details of the crime, your criminal history, and personal background; therefore it is essential that you retain services from knowledgeable attorneys like those at Spodek law group who can present a strong case in your favor while mitigating any consequences faced by clients involved in drug-related offenses.

Table Outlining Various Methamphetamine Related Offenses Under New York State Laws:

Offense | New York State Laws Section

Unlawful manufacture (third-degree) | § 220.73

Unlawful manufacture(second-degree)|§ 220.74

Criminal Possession Of Meth Manufacturing Material(Second Degree)|§ 220.70

Criminal Possession Of Meth Manufacturing Material(First Degree)|§ 2001

Criminal Possession Of Precursors To Methamphetamine|§ 220.72

Unlawful manufacture (first-degree) of Methamphetamine | § 220.75

Unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material | § 220.76

As you can see, there are severe consequences for violating any of these laws related to drug abuse and production in New York State.

At Spodek Law Group, we have a deep understanding of the nuances involved in such cases and can help you build a strong defense against any charges you may face.

Facing criminal charges is an emotional experience that requires professional expertise to navigate successfully; our team has extensive experience defending clients against various offenses related to drug abuse and manufacturing.

We know how important it is to use emotionally charged words and compelling language when communicating your side of the story effectively.

Our professionalism, deep understanding of the law, commitment towards achieving best possible results for our clients make us stand out from others in this field.

If you or someone close to you faces charges related to unlawful disposal or other offenses under NY penal code §§ 220.xx involving drugs like methamphetamines etc., contact Spodek Law Group today! Attorney Todd Spodek will be there every step along with his experienced attorneys who will provide guidance/support needed during this difficult time while protecting your rights throughout legal proceedings.