Phoenix Marijuana Defense Attorney

Although marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes in Arizona, it is still an illegal drug for any other purpose. It is a felony to possess, use, sell, produce, transport for sale, import, or transfer marijuana in this state. If you are facing charges of a marijuana crime, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced Phoenix marijuana defense attorney as soon as possible. Call AZ Defenders for dedicated advocacy and experienced representation.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers fight aggressively to prevent a marijuana charge from impacting your civil rights and your future. We are one of the most aggressive criminal defense firms in the nation.
  • Our attorneys are established, respected members of the legal community. Attorney Craig Rosenstein is a member of the board of the Arizona Justice Project.
  • We have a successful track record defending clients against criminal charges, with more than two decades of combined experience.

Arizona Law on Marijuana Crimes

Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3405, it is unlawful to knowingly:

  • Possess or use marijuana
  • Possess marijuana for sale
  • Produce marijuana
  • Transport for sale, import into the state, sell, or transfer marijuana, or offer to do so

Marijuana Crimes in Arizona

As stated in the statute:

  • Possession of less than two pounds of marijuana (not for sale) is a class six felony.
  • Possession of at least two and less than four pounds of marijuana (not for sale) is a class five felony.
  • Possession of four or more pounds of marijuana (not for sale) is a class four felony.
  • Possession of less than two pounds of marijuana for sale is a class four felony.
  • Possession of two to four pounds of marijuana for sale is a class three felony.
  • Possession of more than four pounds of marijuana for sale is a class two felony.
  • Producing less than two pounds of marijuana is a class five felony.
  • Producing two to four pounds of marijuana is a class four felony.
  • Producing more than four pounds of marijuana is a class three felony.
  • Transporting for sale, importing into the state, selling, or transferring less than two pounds of marijuana, or offering to transport it for sale, import it into the state, sell it, or transfer it, is a class three felony.
  • Transporting for sale, importing into the state, selling, or transferring two or more pounds of marijuana, or offering to transport it for sale, import it into the state, sell it, or transfer it, is a class two felony.

Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

Penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use depend in part on the amount possessed. Possession offenses can often be reduced to a class one misdemeanor with the help of an experienced drug crimes lawyer. In addition, you may be able to attend and complete a diversion or education program and have the charges dismissed.

Proposition 200 prevents nonviolent first and second-offense drug users from being sentenced to jail time. After a third conviction, however, you may be facing incarceration. Sale of marijuana and possession with intent to sell come with harsh penalties, including large fines and prison terms.

Connect with AZ Defenders

If you have been arrested and charged with a marijuana crime in Phoenix or anywhere in the state, contact AZ Defenders right away. We have in-depth knowledge of marijuana laws and the criminal justice system in Arizona, and we will raise every possible defense against the charges.

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