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What are Drug Crimes?

Drug crimes are Federal and Arizona state drug laws that make it illegal to possess or distribute controlled substances in Phoenix such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and heroin. These laws make it illegal to possess any chemicals used to cultivate and manufacture drugs as well as certain accessories related to drug use. Drug possession laws vary from state to state and according to drug type and amount. Possession of small amounts can be considered “simple” possession, while possession of larger quantities can result in a charge of “possession with intent to distribute.”

Federal drug statues classify controlled substances according to “schedules.” The Attorney General has the authority to delete or add substances and the drugs located on the schedules are referred to as “Controlled Dangerous Substances.”

Drug crimes, offenses, and sentencing laws, as defined by ARS § 13-3401, are quite complex. The outcome of your case can be difficult to determine without examining all of the facts and whether or not the above elements were even a factor. That is why it is vital to have an attorney from Sonoran Law Group on your side, to determine what course of action is best in your case.

Factors Typically Considered With Drug Crimes

As with any criminal charge, especially drug crimes, there are factors involved that can impact how a court approaches your case. Our Scottsdale criminal defense attorneys understand the various things that the judge will look at when determining the amount of jail time, the severity of the fines, if probation is available, and more. We want to make sure that you fully understand your case so you are not confused at any point during the process. Having our team there to explain these factors can prove to be beneficial to you during this difficult time. Our goal is to help you reach the favorable outcome you desire; navigating the process alongside you is part of the way in which we do this.

Factors considered when determining penalties include, but are not limited to:

  • Type of drug involved
  • Amount of drug involved
  • Possessor’s intent
  • Any other criminal activity involved

In Arizona, drug crimes can result in mandatory prison time and the sentences surrounding drug offenses are increasing in severity. If you’ve been charged with felony drug possession, trafficking, or narcotics sales you can face heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences if convicted.  To avoid the harsh sentences that come along with a drug crime conviction, contact Sonoran Law Group today, 480. 477-8040 for a free consultation.