Drug Charges: Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Crime Concictions

Drug Defense Attorney AZ | Drug Possession

AZ Drug Possession Laws are strict and the Criminal Justice System is complicated. If you face drug possession charges in Arizona or were arrested for drug charges, you should consult a criminal Attorney who frequently defends drug charges as soon as possible. The severity of a drug possession charge depends significantly on the amount found in your possession. The quantity involved is a substantial factor for the police to determine if the AZ drug charges will be elevated to possession with intent to sell, illegal drug sales, or distribute drugs which are extremely serious felony drug charges.

Whether your drug arrest or drug charges were in Tempe AZ, Phoenix AZ, Chandler, AZ, Scottsdale AZ, Gilbert AZ, Mesa, AZ or any city within Maricopa County or other Counties in Arizona makes no difference. Every city in Arizona falls to the rule of law Arizona State Laws. The definitions, classifications and penalties are comprehensively outlined in the following criminal code: Arizona Revised Statutes: “A.R.S. 13 Chapter 34 DRUG OFFENSES 13-3401…13-3461”.

Arizona Drug Classifications

Arizona classifies its drugs in a basically by three main types (Note the examples are not all inclusive).

1. Dangerous drugs: LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamines, steroids, hallucinogenic mushrooms, clonazepam, lorazepam
2. Narcotics: cocaine, heroin, opium, morphine, oxycodone
3. Marijuana: Also known as pot, weed, cannabis
Drug Possession Penalties in Arizona
Many defendants, who face Arizona drug possession charges want to know if they will be placed on probation, go to jail or worse to prison if they get a conviction for their AZ drug possession charges. The sentencing could include any, a combination or all of these penalties depending on many factors including by not limited to:

1) Quantity of the drug found in your possession;
2) Type or class of drug found in your possession;
3) Purpose of the drug found in your possession (personal use or intended sales);
4) Repeat offense v. first time offense;
5) Prior criminal record if any;
6) Other charges cited in addition to the drug possession charges;
7) Other aggravating factors surrounding the arrest;
8) Whether or not you may be eligible and qualify for participation in a diversion program which includes drug counseling.

Arizona Drug Possession Attorney – Criminal Defense
You will need to consult and hire the best Arizona drug defense attorney possible with a vast amount of litigation and defense experience in AZ Drug defense. They will need to be highly skilled and be capable of building a solid defense against your drug charges. Make sure they are assertive and proactive, extremely familiar with the Criminal Justice System and will utilize every possible defense in your favor, and present compelling arguments that will effectively lead to securing reduced charges, or a total dismissal of your drug possession charges.


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This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.