In Arizona, conviction on a drug sale crime can have very serious consequences. Penalties may include lengthy probation, expensive fines, jail, or prison time. Contact AZ Defenders right away if you have been arrested or charged with a drug sales crime. Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience and a history of success in obtaining the best possible outcome in drug crime cases, including case dismissal, acquittals, reduced charges, and probation.
Proposition 200 shields people in Arizona with no prior criminal history from jail or prison sentences in first and often second convictions for simple possession of drugs, with the exception of methamphetamine. However, in drug sales crime convictions, Proposition 200 does not apply. Most people convicted of this type of crime serve mandatory prison sentences, even in the case of a first offense.
Criminal charges involving drug sales are based on one or both of the following:
For possession of drugs in quantities above the statutory threshold, you could be charged with a drug sales crime and face a mandatory minimum prison term, even for a first offense. Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3401(36), statutory thresholds are established as:
Possession of drugs for sale and transportation of drugs for sale are felony charges in Arizona.
If you are facing drug sales charges in Arizona, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call AZ Defenders to schedule a free consultation. Our Phoenix lawyers will find every weakness in the evidence against you and use it to strengthen your case. We will fight aggressively for your rights in court, using every available defense to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.