In Arizona, possession of marijuana is a lower level felony offense. If you do not have a prior criminal history of drug crimes, you may qualify for a diversion program such as TASC. On the other hand, possession for sale is a heavier offense with more severe penalties. If you are convicted, you may face a mandatory prison term of three to twelve and a half years in the Arizona Department of Corrections. It is vital that you have the right Phoenix criminal defense attorney on your side.
If you are convicted for possessing marijuana in Arizona, you face substantial fines, prison time, and a permanent criminal record.
If the prosecution believes that one of these situations applies to your case, you could face additional fines and prison time. At Suzuki Law Offices, we have defended countless clients at state and federal levels in marijuana possession and trafficking cases. Our criminal lawyers in Phoenix work regularly with private investigators to track down witnesses, check into the background of arresting officers, and expose dishonest or corrupt informants. Let us fight your charges.
First-time drug offenders who are arrested with a small amount of marijuana are typically eligible to participate in an adult deferred prosecution program. If your record is clean, meaning you have not been convicted of a prior drug offense, 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.
In Arizona, consequences 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:
Our founding attorney, Richard Suzuki, was both a state and federal prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and the United States Attorney's Office. He gained invaluable experience of how prosecutors build their cases and convict drug offenders. Our firm acts quickly to weaken the government's case while working to secure the most favorable outcome. We have the experience to fight the charges against you. If you've been arrested for selling or possessing marijuana, contact our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Suzuki Law Offices today and schedule a free, no-risk consultation.
If you were arrested for a marijuana-related drug offense, speak with a Phoenix drug crime attorney from Suzuki Law Offices today. We offer free case evaluations to help our clients understand their rights and options. To learn more, call our office now to schedule your first meeting. You can also reach us online through our free consultation form.