The legal ramifications of drug crimes can have devastating effects on an offender’s personal and professional life, which is why seeking specialized legal representation is crucial to protecting your rights and future.
Alcock & Associates is a premier criminal defense law firm with extensive experience in drug offense cases. Our expert drug offense attorneys can help you understand the charges against you, build a strong defense strategy, and protect your rights throughout the legal process.
FROM DRUG POSSESSION TO TRANSPORTATION AND SALE
Are you under investigation for or have been charged with a drug-related crime? Your first step should be to hire a drug offense attorney. At Alcock & Associates, we place a premium on helping our clients avoid legal trouble and maintain a spotless criminal history.
We handle all sorts of drug cases, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and other scheduled drug charges. Many of these cases can be settled through negotiations with prosecutors instead of having to go to trial. Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with prosecutors to get charges reduced or dismissed.
Whether it be a simple possession charge or even a complex transportation/sale case, we are committed to defending your rights and helping you achieve the best possible outcome.
EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DRUG CHARGES
Drug cases can be complicated and technical. Experience matters when it comes to these types of cases. Here at Alcock and Associates, our attorneys for drug charges have had the opportunity to handle thousands of drug cases throughout the State of Arizona. With four former prosecutors on staff, we know how to get the best results for your case.
It seems as if every day, there is another state legalizing marijuana. Because of this, it may give individuals the false impression that the war on drugs is subsiding. Even though the state of Arizona has medical marijuana laws on the books, it is quite common for prosecutors to seek criminal convictions for even simple marijuana possession.
Furthermore, if an individual is dealing with a charge of possessing drugs for sale, they can be convicted to multiple years in prison. Here in Arizona, we have some of the hardest drug laws and statutes in the United States.
With this being said, every drug charge is different and depends on the circumstances and facts of the case. Our criminal defense staff includes a former police officer and multiple former drug prosecutors. We know of the tactics that prosecutors use and how to best defend against them in a drug case.
If you have any questions or would like to have your case evaluated, please do not hesitate to contact our criminal defense attorneys.
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Drug Crimes in Arizona
Drug crimes in Arizona include the possession, manufacture, transportation, and obtainment by fraud of controlled substances.
In the state of Arizona, there are six statutes or laws that define the possession of common drugs. A.R.S. §§ 13-3402; 3403; 3405; 3406; 3407; and, 3408. The possession of drug paraphernalia is also against the law. Possession of drug paraphernalia is defined in A.R.S. § 13-3415.
When someone is charged with “Possession of a controlled substance,” it means they had drugs that require a prescription but did not have one. This includes drugs like marijuana, peyote, vapor-releasing substances, narcotic drugs, prescription drugs, dangerous drugs like methamphetamine, and chemicals used to manufacture any of those substances.
Here is what the state of Arizona must prove:
In order for the state to win a conviction, they must be able to prove four elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
1) They must prove that the person charged with possession; 2) did knowingly possess; 3) a usable quantity; 4) of a controlled substance.
When facing a drug possession charge in Arizona, the State must provide specific evidence to prove their case. This includes proving that the person charged with the offense is the same person who was arrested or cited by police, that they knew they were in possession of a controlled substance, that the substance was illegal to possess under Arizona law, and that there was a usable quantity of the substance.
It’s important to note that the State doesn’t have to prove that someone knew they possessed drugs. Instead, they can demonstrate constructive possession by showing that a person had dominion or control over the object in question. For example, if drugs are found in a medicine cabinet in someone’s home, the State can argue that the person had constructive possession of the drugs because they owned the cabinet and stored their belongings in it. It’s also possible for multiple people to have constructive possession over something.
In addition to possession charges, the State can charge someone with transportation or sale of drugs if they possess a certain amount of drugs, known as the threshold amount. The specific amount required for this charge varies depending on the substance in question.
The drug statutes in Arizona can prove to be very confusing for some. Below is a brief description of the various kinds of controlled substances.
When the law refers to Marijuana, they refer to any part of any marijuana plant, including but not limited to its seeds, from which the resin has not been extracted. A.R.S. § 13-3401(19)
Peyote means possession of any part of the peyote plant. A.R.S. § 13-3401(23).
Vapor-releasing substances are any substance that releases a toxic fume or vapor. Examples include: Acetone, nitrous, and propane. A.R.S. § 13-3401(38).
Narcotic drugs include most opiates and derived cannabis. Examples may include oxycodone, percocet, morphine, cannabinoid oil, and many more A.R.S. § 13-3401(20)(21).
Prescription drugs means any drug that requires a prescription from a medical professional to possess legally. A.R.S. § 13-3401(28).
Dangerous drugs include drugs such as methamphetamine, alprazolam, and testosterone. A.R.S. § 13-3401(6).
Penalties for Drug Crimes
The penalties for crimes such as these truly depend on the type of drug, the amount of drugs, and the nature of the crime in question.
For example, the possession or sale of peyote is considered a class 6 felony, while inhalation or consumption of a vapor-releasing substance is considered a class 5 felony.
The sale of a vapor-releasing substance to someone under the age of 18 is a class 5 felony.