Drug Possession in Arizona
Drug possession is a criminal offense that refers to possessing illegal substances with the intent of using, distributing, or selling them. In Arizona, drug possession is considered a serious offense, and the potential consequences of a conviction are severe. If you are found to be in possession of illegal or controlled substances, your first step should be to seek the legal assistance of an experienced defense lawyer familiar with the Arizona legal system and its stance on drug possession.
Understanding Drug Classifications
Arizona’s drug laws and the consequences they specify for a conviction are governed by the type of drug found in your possession. There are three drug classifications observed by the Arizona legal system: dangerous drugs, narcotics, and marijuana. Dangerous drugs are drugs that include LSD, GHB, steroids, methamphetamines, mushrooms containing psilocybin or psilocin, mescaline, ecstasy, and clonazepam. Narcotics refer to opioids and synthetic opioids, such as oxycodone, morphine, opium, cocaine, and heroin.
Consequences of Drug Possession
If you are found to illegally possess one or more dangerous drugs, it is considered a class 1 misdemeanor and you will face charges that include up to six months of jail time and fines of up to $2,500. The possession of narcotics is considered a class 5 felony, which carries with it a prison sentence of up to 18 months. Drug possession laws for marijuana depend on the amount discovered—possession of less than two pounds is a class 6 felony punishable by up to a year in prison, while possession of more than four pounds may result in an 18-month to three-year sentence.
Janet Altschuler, Attorney at Law has more than two decades of experience in the criminal justice system. She will work hard to protect your rights in any criminal case to prevent a drug possession charge from affecting your career, your finances, and your future. Please visit our website to find out more about criminal defense in Tucson, or call (520) 247-1789 to schedule a free initial consultation.