Possession or Use of a Dangerous Drug
What is Possession of a Dangerous Drug?
According to A.R.S. §13-3407, possession or use of dangerous drugs is a Class 4 felony. In Arizona, a “dangerous drug” is generally defined as any type of narcotic that is not marijuana. This includes possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamines, anabolic steroids, hallucinogenic drugs, and certain prescription medications.
If you are arrested for a first-time offense, and the drug is not meth or an amphetamine, the charges can be reduced to a Class 1 misdemeanor.
If you have been charged with a dangerous drug crime, contact Suzuki Law Offices for a free initial consultation. A Phoenix drug crime attorney from our firm can help you understand your rights and legal options. When you work with our firm, you can trust that we will aggressively attack the state's case against you. Procrastination can lead to the state building a solid case against you, but a strong defense can increase your chances of a favorable outcome.
Penalties for Dangerous Drug Crimes in Arizona
Arizona law prohibits a wide range of criminal offenses related to dangerous drugs—including the possession, acquisition, use, administration, sale, manufacture, or transportation of dangerous drugs. All of these crimes are classified as felonies and have the potential to result in lengthy prison sentences, costly fines, and various other legal penalties.
The charges can be broken down as follows:
- Possession or use of a dangerous drug: Class 4 felony
- Possession of a dangerous drug for sale: Class 2 felony
- Possessing equipment to manufacture dangerous drugs: Class 3 felony
- Administering a dangerous drug to another person: Class 2 felony
- Manufacturing a dangerous drug: Class 2 felony
- Obtaining a dangerous drug through fraud: Class 3 felony
- Transporting a dangerous drug for sale: Class 2 felony
If you are convicted of possessing meth for sale, possessing equipment to manufacture meth, manufacturing meth, or transporting meth, you will be sentenced to a minimum of 5 years in state prison – with the maximum sentence being 15 years. If you were previously convicted of a similar drug crime, you could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Arrested for a Methamphetamine-Related Drug Crime?
State prosecutors do not take meth crimes lightly. The possession of methamphetamine for sale is a Class 2 felony and carries a mandatory prison term of 5 to 15 years, regardless of the amount in your possession. Allegations of possession of dangerous drugs for sale are serious, which is why you need a qualified criminal defense attorney on your side. If you were accused, contact our Phoenix drug crime lawyers at Suzuki Law Offices for the top-tier legal defense you need.
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Attorney Richard Suzuki was both a state and federal prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He gained invaluable knowledge of how the prosecution cases are built.
As Phoenix defense lawyers, we act quickly to weaken the government's case. Whether you were accused of possession of dangerous drugs for sale or possession of dangerous drugs, call the right firm for your case: Suzuki Law Offices.
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