Drug offenses are some of the most commonly charged in the Phoenix metro area, and each year thousands of people in Arizona face charges related to possession, transportation and manufacture of drugs.
These cases may be common, but that doesn’t make them any easier to win in court. If you have been charged with the possession of an illegal substance in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, an experienced drug crimes attorney can help to make sure that your rights are fully protected. At JacksonWhite Law, we are dedicated to defending all individuals or juveniles who are facing these serious charges. Do not attempt to face the judge on your own. An experienced attorney from our firm will fight on your side to get you results.
In Arizona, there are a variety of criminal charges related to possession of illegal substances. They include:
- Possession of drugs: including possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamines, possession of dangerous drugs like cocaine, crack, heroin, OxyContin and any other narcotic obtained without a prescription.
- Drug Distribution or Trafficking: These charges including the selling or distribution of any illegal drugs, as well as conspiring to distribute or sell drugs.
- Prescription Fraud: Including using fake or forged prescriptions and attempts to have legitimate prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy.
- Manufacturing of Drugs: These charges include growing or cultivating any drugs, including marijuana, or creating methamphetamines.
All drug charges are not created equal in the state of Arizona. Illegal drugs and participation of all sorts of activities regarding illegal drugs are categorized into different charges. The types of penalties are dependent on what you are charged with. The criminal defense attorneys of JacksonWhite are experienced in all types of drugs crimes and can provide solid assistance to your case.
Call JacksonWhite at (480) 467-4370 to schedule your free consultation today.
Possession of Marijuana Charges
In the state of Arizona, unless you have an official medical license that allows certain treatments, consumption of marijuana is strictly illegal.
There are a number of factors that can determine what you are charged with: whether you were under the influence at the time found in possession, if there was paraphernalia found, or if there was a large amount present which could point to potential sale of marijuana.
Don’t let possession of marijuana charges dictate you future and call the experienced JacksonWhite Attorneys today at (480) 467-4370 for your free consultation.
Use of a Dangerous Drug
Drugs that are narcotic or more generally anything other than marijuana can be charged as a dangerous drug in the state of Arizona. A charge of dangerous drug can also open the door to other possible charges related to the drugs such as drug fraud, production of dangerous drugs, or possible sales charges, along with several others.
Depending on past criminal record, this charge can carry some stiff penalties including jail time. The charges are determined by the specific types of drugs. It can range from a class one misdemeanor to a class 2 felony.
The criminal defense attorneys of JacksonWhite understand what a possession of a dangerous drug can do to a person’s life. Find out what we can do for you and your case.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Although you may not have possession of any illegal drugs, anything items found by police that are used for the consumption of drugs can be considered drug paraphernalia and is illegal.
A drug paraphernalia conviction can be just as serious as a conviction for the possession of an actual drug. Depending on the circumstances, a paraphernalia charge can range from a misdemeanor to a felony offense.
Possession of Narcotic Drugs in Arizona
If you don’t have a prescription, it’s illegal to own or use narcotics, or opiates, in Arizona. Possessing narcotics is a felony offense in the state, but there are defenses you can employ to fight your charges. Here’s where to start.
Marijuana Laws in Arizona
It is true that marijuana laws are changing every day, all over the country. In spite of loosening laws, however, it is important to understand the laws of your own state before engaging in any potentially illegal activity.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010 with Proposition 203. In 2016, another Arizona measure, Proposition 205, voted down a law that would have made recreational marijuana legal.
Although marijuana is becoming more socially acceptable in the country, Arizona police will still enforce state law which can carry some serious penalties for you down the line.
Do you already have a drug conviction on your permanent record? There are some cases in which you can apply with the courts to have that conviction removed from your record.
A common misconception in Arizona is that is process is called “expunging your record”. Here in this state, the removing the crime conviction is referred to as being “set aside”.
Having a drug conviction set aside from your record can reopen doors and give you better opportunities for your future.
Call our attorneys to find out and see if your conviction now qualifies to apply to be set aside from your permanent record. Or, for more information, click here to learn more.
Prescription Drug Fraud
There is a new trend of studies that are looking into the connection between opioid addictions being a result of pain killers being over-prescribed by doctors. Whatever the cause may be, however, prescription drug fraud is on the rise.
Prescription drug use is permissible by law only when a licensed medical doctor authorizes the use with a legitimate prescription. Breaking the law comes when there is a misuse of these drugs by anyone. A prescription drug fraud arrest can come with serious misdemeanor and felony charges. Find out more about how we can help you with prescriptions drug fraud charges in Arizona.
Drug Trafficking Crimes
Drug addiction to a variety of substances has consistently kept the flow of drugs into the country has maintained a constant influx of drug trafficking in the United States.
The United States Sentencing Commission statistics show that nationally, the average sentence for drug trafficking is 66 months.
Sentencing depends on a number of factors, one of them being prior history of any criminal history. Charges can also become more serious if there is a high level involvement or is there were weapons present at the scene.
The state of Arizona takes drug trafficking crimes seriously. If you have been charged with Drug trafficking or have been questioned by police in regards to suspicion of drug trafficking, call the JacksonWhite Criminal Defense team. Get ahead of any official charges and give yourself the opportunity to avoid more serious charges with the help of our most experienced legal team.
How We Can Help your Drug Charge Case
JacksonWhite Criminal Defense Attorneys work hard to try and cover every detail of your case to ensure that you are receiving the proper representation in court that every person deserves.
Drug addiction can lead to painful paths that often don’t give people an out. With the help of the JacksonWhite Criminal Defense team, we can work together to fight charges for the hope of another chance.
Every case has its unique set of obstacles, but also opportunities that can be taken in order to improve your court case results. Our criminal defense team fights back hard and has the results to prove it.
Attorney Jeremy Geigle and former prosecutor John Dosdall are ready for your case. Call today at (480) 464-1111 or fill out the form below.