It is unlawful in Arizona to knowingly possess or use illegal drugs. Penalties upon conviction depend on the type of drug, the amount in your possession, and whether you have a criminal history. If you are facing drug possession charges, contact AZ Defenders as soon as possible. Our Phoenix drug possession defense lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and dedication to effectively pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
State laws on drug possession can be found in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 13, Chapter 34, Sections 3401 – 3423. Arizona drug laws are extensive and penalties for a conviction depend on the charge as well as the type and quantity of prohibited drugs. Simple possession for personal use carries less severe penalties than possession with intent to sell. Possession in a quantity that exceeds the statutory threshold is charged as possession with intent to sell.
Under state law, illegal drugs, or controlled dangerous substances (CDS) are classified in the following six categories:
Medical marijuana has been legalized in Arizona. However, recreational use, nonmedical cultivation, and possession with intent to sell are still serious drug crimes.
Conviction of drug possession can seriously impact your future, including loss of money and services provided by the state, such as scholarships, tuition waivers, welfare benefits, and public housing. Since Proposition 200 was passed, nonviolent drug offenders are not sent to prison for a first or second conviction, but rather sentenced to probation and mandatory drug treatment. However, if probation is not completed successfully, the court may impose jail terms.
If you have been charged with drug possession, it does not necessarily mean you will be convicted. Our Phoenix drug crime lawyers are well-versed in drug possession defenses that can be used on your behalf. Examples of possible defenses include:
Being charged with a drug crime in Phoenix is a frightening experience for a good reason. A conviction can carry serious penalties and negatively impact your future. If you have been arrested or charged with drug possession, call AZ Defenders right away. Your best course of action is to get an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.