Drug possession is a serious crime across the federal United States. In Arizona, possessing or owning painkillers or opiates beyond what is prescribed to you can result in serious legal consequences. If you’ve been accused, contact our Phoenix possession of pain killers defense attorneys for immediate help today.
Possession of Narcotic Drugs is prohibited by Arizona law per Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408(A)(1). Possession of most opiate pain killers is specifically prohibited as most opiate pain killers, including fentanyl, hydrocodone, and Percocet are defined as narcotic drugs drug pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3401.
Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408(A)(1) provides that a person shall not knowingly possess a narcotic drug.
Possessing these pain killers in Arizona is a class four felony. A felony conviction carries with it a substantial punishment. If you are convicted of possessing those pain killers in violation of the Possession of Narcotic Drugs statute, Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408, you may be sentenced to prison for between 1 year and 3.75 years, depending on your criminal history. However, for most first-time offenders, Arizona’s Proposition 200 applies. If you are convicted of possessing pain killers in violation of the Possession of Narcotic Drugs statute, Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408, you may be sentenced to a term of probation up to 4 years.
If you have prior felony convictions, a violation of the Possession of Narcotic Drugs statute, Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3408, for possessing pain killers, could result in mandatory prison sentences of 2.25 years and 15 years, depending on your prior convictions and whether Proposition 200 protections apply to you.
With so much at stake, it’s important that you be represented by Phoenix drug possession attorneys knowledgeable and experienced in defending possession of pain killer cases. The attorneys at AZ Defenders will aggressively and effectively find any weaknesses in the government’s case against you and utilize the best defenses to ensure the best possible outcome for you. Although every case is different, some defenses that AZ Defenders have successfully used to protect our clients include:
Don’t face prison time and other serious consequences without speaking with the attorneys at AZ Defenders to figure out how to best defend your possession of pain killers case.