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Phoenix, Arizona Marijuana Possession Attorney
If convicted for possessing or distributing marijuana in Arizona, you face substantial fines, prison time, and a permanent criminal record. Additionally, under state and federal law, there are a number of enhancements that could increase the penalties against you: if someone was killed, if a gun was involved, or if you were arrested near a school, you could face additional fines and prison time. At the Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., we have defended countless clients at both the state and federal level in marijuana possession and marijuana trafficking cases. Our attorneys work regularly with private investigators in tracking down witnesses, checking into the background of arresting officers, and exposing dishonest or corrupt informants.
We have the knowledge and experience in both the state and federal criminal court systems to effectively fight the charges against you. If you've been arrested for selling or possessing marijuana, contact the criminal defense lawyers at the Suzuki Law Offices today and schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Marijuana Drug Penalties - First Time Offenders, Small Amounts
First-time offenders arrested with a small amount of marijuana on them are typically eligible to participate in an adult deferred prosecution program. If your record is clean we can usually work with the court to have the drug charges against you dropped once you complete a Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC) program. The TASC will typically recommend that the charges against you be dropped and your record wiped clean.
Marijuana Thresholds and Drug Trafficking
In the state of Arizona, penalties related to marijuana can be broken down into penalties for possession, cultivation, possession for sale, and sale or delivery for sale. In federal cases, sentencing can be more complicated depending on whether conspiracy, fraud, or money laundering charges are entered against a defendant as well. Penalties include the following:
Marijuana Possession -
- Under 2 pounds: 6 to 18 months in prison; a fine between $750 and $150,000
- 2 to 4 pounds: 9 to 24 months in prison; a fine between $750 to $150,000
- More than 4 pounds: 18 months to 3 years in prison; $750 to $150,000
Marijuana Cultivation -
- Under 2 pounds: 9 to 24 months in prison; a fine between $750 and $150,000
- 2 to 4 pounds: 18 months to 3 years in prison; a fine between $750 to $150,000
- More than 4 pounds: 2.5 to 7 years in prison; $750 to $150,000
Marijuana Possession with Intent to Distribute -
- Under 2 pounds: 18 months to 3 years in prison; a fine between $750 and $150,000
- 2 to 4 pounds: 2.5 to 7 years in prison; a fine between $750 to $150,000
- More than 4 pounds: 4 to 10 years in prison; $750 to $150,000
Sale of Marijuana -
- Under 2 pounds: 2.5 to 7 years in prison; a fine between $750 and $150,000.
- 2 pounds or more: 4 to 10 years in prison; a fine between $750 to $150,000
Contact the Marijuana Drug Possession Attorneys at the Suzuki Law Offices
Our attorneys understand the state and federal criminal court systems. We understand how investigators and police operate, how prosecutors think, and the strategies employed by both to get a conviction. As a former US prosecutor, Richard Suzuki understands how to expose constitutional violations, questionable searches and seizures, and untrustworthy informants.
We also understand how to work with the court during the sentencing phase of a trial. We provide a packet of information to the court that humanizes our client. While a history of abuse, poverty, illness, or unemployment is not a defense, it may convince the court to reduce your sentence.
To schedule a free consultation and discuss your case, contact the marijuana possession attorneys at the Suzuki Law Offices today.Click Here for a Free Case Evaluation