Possession of Heroin

Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3401, Heroin is classified as a narcotic drug. If you are charged with possession of heroin in Arizona, you will be charged with Possession of Narcotic Drugs per Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408(A)(1).

To be convicted of possession of heroin pursuant to the Possession of Narcotic Drugs statute, the State must prove that (1) knowing possession of (2) a narcotic drug, like heroin.

Conviction of Possession of Heroin

Conviction of Possession of Narcotic Drugs for possession of heroin will lead to a class four felony on your record.  A class four felony can lead to serious punishments and other consequences. If you are convicted of a class four felony, you can be sentenced to prison for between 1 year and 3.75 years. Fortunately, Proposition 200 protects most first-time offenders from prison or jail time, but you can nevertheless be sentenced to a term of probation up to 4 years.

If you have prior felony convictions, you face an even greater potential prison sentence if Proposition 200 does not apply. The prison range for Possession of Narcotic Drugs can increase from 1-3.75 years to 2.25-15 years, depending on your history.

A felony can lead to the loss of your civil rights, right to possess a firearm, loss of work, and loss of future opportunities. Fortunately, in 2023 the state of Arizona will enact new expungement laws that cover a range of criminal offenses.

Defenses to Possession of Heroin

You should not face a Possession of Narcotic Drugs charge alone for your possession of heroin case. You need an experienced and aggressive Phoenix drug possession attorney on your side that can tailor a defense that is specific to your case. Defenses to a Possession of Narcotic Drugs case can include:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • No possession
  • Involuntary confession
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Miranda violation

The specific defenses that apply to your case will vary, and so it is important to speak to a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix as quickly as possible. AZ Defenders offer free consultations for those charged with Possession of Narcotic Drugs. Schedule your consultation today.

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