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If you are facing drug charges for possession of an illegal drug, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer immediately for legal help. Arizona does not handle drug possession lightly. However, an experienced lawyer like Attorney Navarro can help you craft a compelling defense to argue for reduced or even dismissed charges. He can work together with you to examine the facts of your case and build a defense on the grounds of police misconduct through an illegal search or your right to use the drug through a valid prescription, for instance.
Aggressive and Relentless Trial Representation Fighting for Your Best Possible Outcome
When it comes to drug possession charges, time is of the essence. The quicker you seek legal representation for your case, the stronger your defense may be with the available evidence. At Navarro Law, we seek to provide clients with relentless advocacy and aggressive trial representation. We will pursue careful investigations of all the evidence pertinent to your charge, such as whether law enforcement had the authority to search you. Attorney Navarro also has a reputation for working well with prosecutors, so he can also put his interpersonal skills to use as he negotiates your case in the trial room and the negotiation room.
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Arizona does not treat drug possession lightly. Any individual who knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs will likely face felony drug possession charges in the state. The severity of the felony penalties will depend on the type of substance in question, the defendant’s criminal history, and whether they have been charged with personal-use (simple) possession or possession with intent to sell.
In general, possession of a substance classified as 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. If the drug allegedly in possession was not meth or any type of amphetamine, a defendant could potentially argue for a reduction of their charge to a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Possession of narcotics like cocaine could also lead to Class 4 felony charges 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. However, if not previously convicted of a felony, the defendant may possibly reduce the charge to a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Possession of Marijuana
Like many states, Arizona distinguishes marijuana from the standard drug sentencing, though possession more or less remains a felony. The state does implement a medical marijuana program, which authorizes the possession and personal use of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by certified patients with conditions like cancer, AIDS, and Crohn’s disease, though recreational use is strictly illegal.
More specifically, possession of marijuana (less than 2 lbs.) can be charged as a:
- Class 6 felony for personal use; or
- Class 5 felony if it was personally produced/cultivated.
The penalties include up to 1 year in jail for no priors or 3.75 years for subsequent convictions, as well as a fine of either $2,000 or 3 times the value of the substance. If a defendant is charged with a Class 6 felony for personal use, they may possibly argue for a misdemeanor reduction.
Contact Navarro Law online or at (480) 300-3040 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.