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At Navarro Law, we understand the turmoil of dealing with a criminal charge. Whether you have been accused of drug possession or domestic violence, or if you seek to petition for a motion to set aside a former conviction, we can help you. We seek to provide our clients with relentless and heartfelt advocacy to help you through a stressful and overwhelming time. We will put up a tough front in trial but a warm and comfortable environment in the law office for you. Attorney Navarro will also put his interpersonal skills to use as he negotiates with prosecutors and builds a thoughtful defense for you.
Drug Possession Charges
Drug possession is one category of criminal offense heavily penalized in Arizona. Any individual who knowingly possesses or uses an illicit controlled substance will most likely be charged with a felony, with few exceptions allowed for reduction to a misdemeanor. Generally, possession of a “dangerous drug” is a Class 4 felony punishable by at least $2,000 or 3 times the value of the substance (whichever is greater) and up to 1 year in jail for a first offense and up to 3.75 years for a subsequent offense.
Possession of a narcotic like cocaine is also a Class 4 felony punishable by the greater of $2,000 or 3 times the value of the substance, as well as up to 1 year in jail for a first offense or up to 15 years if the defendant has 2 prior convictions.
Lastly, while Arizona does implement a medical marijuana program legalizing certified patients to use up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for medical treatment, personal or recreational possession is strictly prohibited. Individuals possessing up to 2 lbs. of marijuana could be charged with a Class 6 felony if for personal use or a Class 5 felony if the substance was personally produced.
When you work with Navarro Law, you will be working with a lawyer and a friend. Let us help you navigate the criminal justice system in Gilbert. Call (480) 300-3040 or contact us online to learn more.
Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence is another serious crime in Arizona and can be punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the underlying crime and the defendant’s criminal history. Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, or even economic, and common associated crimes include assault, videotaping without consent, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, and kidnapping.
A crime of domestic violence is one that is committed against a household or family member. § 13-3601 specifies these individuals as:
- current or former spouses;
- persons residing or who had resided in the same household;
- persons with whom they have a child;
- persons who are pregnant by the defendant or who impregnated the defendant;
- those related by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law;
- children residing or who had resided in the same household as the defendant and are related by blood to the defendant or someone residing in the defendant’s household;
- persons with whom they currently have or previously had a romantic or sexual relationship.
It is also a crime of domestic violence to violate a protective or restraining order against the offender, and a violation could result in up to 6 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Learn more about restraining order violations on our Domestic Violence page.
Petitioning for Motions to Set Aside
Convictions for crimes are not the end of the world, however. One form of post-conviction relief in Arizona is the “motion to set aside,” which essentially “sets aside” a person’s criminal conviction from their record. The actual conviction will still be searchable in the Department of Public Safety’s database, though it will be clearly noted that the conviction has been set aside, much like the effects of an expungement. This could provide some relief for post-conviction life, such as releasing an individual from negative associations for their criminal record.
Note that individuals convicted of the following crimes may not petition for a motion to set aside:
- certain felonies classified as dangerous offenses;
- those involving serious bodily injury;
- those involving the use of a deadly weapon;
- those involving alleged victims younger than 15 years old;
- sex crimes that require the defendant to register as a sex offender;
- driving offenses like driving on a suspended license.
Criminal Defense FAQ
What Does A Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?
At Navarro Law, our criminal justice attorney will always research the facts surrounding your case, investigate the charges against you, and negotiate deals to reduce charges, sentences, and fines.
Can A Criminal Defendant Be Prosecuted Twice For The Same Act?
Due to the Double Jeopardy clause, criminal defendants may not be charged twice for the same act.
Can A Criminal Defendant Be Forced To Testify At Trial?
No, a criminal defendant cannot be compelled or forced to testify against themselves.
Facing criminal charges in Gilbert? Do not worry; Navarro Law can guide you through the Gilbert criminal justice system. We seek to provide clients with an important balance of aggressive trial representation and warm, heartfelt legal guidance. You are understandably already going through a tough enough time juggling a criminal charge; you should not have to bear the legal burden alone.
Call (480) 300-3040 or contact Navarro Law online for a free consultation to discuss your defense today.
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