Arizona takes possession of controlled substance offenses very seriously. Even the simple unlawful possession of a dangerous drug can be a felony-level offense where a conviction can result in over a year in prison or more! Selling or manufacturing illicit substances can result in even harsher penalties.
Because of these harsh consequences, it is vital to research and implement effective defenses in court. Fortunately, our Team of skilled defense attorneys could help with evaluating the legality of the searches and arrests that led to the charges and identifying potentially helpful evidence to strengthen your case. Therefore, it is imperative that you speak with a Chandler drug lawyer as soon as possible after being charged.
Drug Possession in Chandler
There are a variety of controlled substances that are illegal to possess in Arizona. This also includes possessing certain medications without a proper prescription. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3406, possessing these substances without a prescription is a class 1 misdemeanor in most situations. Convictions can result in jail sentences of up to six years and the payment of heavy fines.
Similar concepts apply to the possession of per se illegal substances. These drugs include heroin, cocaine, and LSD. Here, AZ Rev. Stat. § 13-3407 says that a conviction for simple possession is a class 4 felony in most cases. However, if this is a first offense and a person’s first felony charge, the court may reduce the severity of a charge to that of a misdemeanor, making the guidance of a seasoned attorney essential.
What Leads to a Charge of Selling or Manufacturing a Controlled Substance?
As serious as allegations of simple drug possession can be, the law is even harsher when dealing with instances of drug distribution or manufacture. Merely possessing a dangerous substance with the intent to distribute is a class 2 felony where a conviction can bring a maximum prison sentence of 35 years. Similar concepts apply to the alleged sale of dangerous substances, marijuana (over legal threshold), and prescription medications.
A Chandler drug possession defense lawyer could help you to fight back against accusations of selling or manufacturing a controlled substance. They could work to raise doubt concerning whether a sale even occurred, if a person intended to transfer the drugs to another individual, or even whether the substances involved in the event were illegal to begin with. In other words, an attorney helps people facing drug charges to contest the legality of a prosecutor’s case and to create reasonable doubt at trial.
Contact a Chandler Drug Attorney Now
If police officers discover even a trace amount of a prescription medication (that is not prescribed) or a street drug in a person’s possession, they can make an arrest for a drug offense. Convictions can result in significant jail time not to mention mark the person for life with a felony conviction which could impact future employment opportunities.
Our Team of Chandler drug defense lawyers, made up of former state police officers and former prosecutors, are ready and willing to put their experience to use for you in helping you navigate the system and get the case behind you. Reach out now to schedule a consultation today.