Phoenix Drug Crime Lawyer
Arizona law enforcement takes drug crimes very seriously. In an effort to rid the streets of dangerous drugs, law enforcement agencies enforce strict penalties for drug-related crimes such as marijuana possession, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, possession of paraphernalia, and drug sale. Whether or not you are actually guilty of the drug crimes alleged against you in Phoenix, retain a Phoenix drug crime lawyer from Corso Law Group. We will examine your case and develop a strategy for your best possible defense.
About Drug Crimes in Phoenix, Arizona
The state of Arizona enacts a variety of laws to control and prevent illegal drug use. Being at the wrong end of a drug-related crime will lead to numerous charges and subsequent penalties, ranging from drug education to prison. The quantity of drugs involved in the arrest can decide the severity of the penalty. Some drug-related crimes include:
- Possession of drug paraphernalia. It is possible to be charged for a drug offense, even if police don’t find actual drugs. Drug paraphernalia, or equipment used in the preparation, consumption, or concealment of drugs, may lead to criminal charges. It is against the law for an individual to sell or import any type of drug paraphernalia, including rolling papers, syringes, bongs, and pipes. A simple baggie, with drug residue, may result in charges.
- Possession of illicit drugs. Federal and state laws prohibit possession, and use, of many types of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. You could face charges for simple possession, or possession with intent to sell. The latter comes with stricter penalties. Possession of marijuana in Arizona is a felony, with penalties ranging from diversion to 15 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $150,000, depending on the weight of the drugs found and prior criminal history.
- Drug manufacture. If accusations of manufacturing drugs are brought, such as at a pill mill or through harvesting your own marijuana plants, you could face years in prison and serious fines. For example, manufacture/cultivation of marijuana could lead to 1 year to 15 years in prison, depending on the weight of the drugs, prior convictions, and how they are packaged. Other evidence of sale, such as individually packaged for sale, use of cell phone, scale and ledger will affect the penalty.
- Drug trafficking, sale, or delivery. It is illegal to transport or sell controlled substances in the U.S. This is a felony that comes with severe punishments, with the goal of discouraging others from bringing drugs into the state. Police might accuse you of possession, with intent to sell, if you have a large quantity, paraphernalia such as individually packaged bags, or they caught you in suspicious circumstances, such as hovering around a well-known drug dealing location, or a known drug house.
Corso Law Group understands how to defend those accused of various drug crimes in Phoenix. Regardless of why police arrested you or what charges you face, call our office for a free consultation. We are a dedicated team of Phoenix drug crime attorneys who specialize in drug crimes. We may be able to create a defense based on unlawful search and seizure, misidentification of suspect, lack of evidence, entrapment, or exceptions such as possessing marijuana within the state’s laws. The right defense can transform your outlook for the future after a drug crime arrest. Schedule a consultation online or call (480) 471-4616 to discuss your particular case with an attorney.