Drug crimes in Arizona are met with some of the most severe punishments in the country. Under state law, drugs fall into one of three categories: Marijuana, narcotics, and dangerous drugs. Additionally, drug crimes may fall into one of many different categories, which determine the severity and type of punishment that a conviction will incur.
If illegal drugs are found on your person or in your home, office, or vehicle, you can be charged with drug possession. Marijuana possession is a class 4, 5, or 6 felony, dependent upon the amount of marijuana found. Possession of narcotics or dangerous drugs is considered a class 4 felony. Drug possession crimes may be further broken down into possession with intent to distribute or possession for sale; these charges are incurred if authorities find or believe that you plan to sell or give away the drugs. Possession crimes are punishable with jail time ranging from six months to ten years, as well as fines of up to $150,000.
Drug Distribution and Trafficking
Drug trafficking and distribution are terms that refer to the transportation and sale of illegal substances. These are considered class 2 and 3 felonies in Arizona, depending upon the type and amount of drugs that authorities discover. First offense for trafficking and distribution charges can carry with them a jail sentence of up to 12.5 years in prison, as well as fines, community service requirements, and mandatory drug testing. If you are found transporting or selling drugs across state lines or found with a large amount of drugs, you could be charged under federal as well as state drug laws.
If you have been accused of a drug crime, it’s essential to work with a lawyer to navigate Arizona’s complex drug laws and avoid the lasting consequences of a conviction. Steven D. West is a criminal lawyer serving the Tucson area, providing effective and supportive defense in both state and federal crime cases. You can find out more about our legal practice on our website, or by calling (520) 623-4387.