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 attorney as soon as possible. Contact AZ Defenders for dedicated advocacy and experienced representation.
Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3405, it is unlawful to knowingly:
As stated in the statute:
For more information regarding marijuana laws in Arizona, speak with a knowledgeable marijuana lawyer in Phoenix.
A strong defense to a marijuana charge in Arizona could save you from the most severe penalties applicable in your case. At AZ Defenders, our Phoenix marijuana lawyers can start your case with an assessment of its facts. With this information, we can create an effective and personalized defense strategy.
Other defense possibilities include planted drugs, missing drugs (missing evidence), a crime lab analysis showing the alleged drug is not a drug and lack of control over the marijuana. The right defense could prevent life-changing consequences and help you move forward with less of a criminal record.
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 a Phoenix defense attorney experienced with drug possession charges. 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.
A few different statutes authorize sentences that offer alternatives to jail or prison time for marijuana offenses. ARS 13-901.01, for example, allows for a sentence of probation. Other common alternative sentences are diversion and deferred sentencing. Probation means the defendant must keep up with certain conditions or else go to jail. Diversion is a program intended to keep the defendant away from drugs, such as counseling or treatment. Deferred sentencing is the postponement of a sentence while the defendant completes certain requirements, such as community service or house arrest. A marijuana offense does not necessarily mean jail time. Your marijuana attorney in Phoenix can explain the possible alternatives to jail in more detail.
If you have been arrested and charged with a marijuana crime in Phoenix or anywhere in the state, contact AZ Defenders right away. Our Phoenix marijuana defense attorneys have in-depth knowledge of marijuana laws and the criminal justice system in Arizona, and we will raise every possible defense against the charges. Call our office at (480) 456-6400 or submit an online form.