Federal and state drug laws make it illegal to possess or distribute controlled substances in Phoenix such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and heroin. These laws make it illegal to possess any chemicals used to cultivate and manufacture drugs as well as certain accessories related to drug use. Drug possession laws vary from state to state and according to drug type and amount. Possession of small amounts can be considered “simple” possession, while possession of larger quantities can result in a charge of “possession with intent to distribute.”
Federal drug statues classify controlled substances according to “schedules.” The Attorney General has the authority to delete or add substances and the drugs located on the schedules are referred to as “Controlled Dangerous Substances.”
As a Phoenix Drug Crimes Defense Law Firm, we represent clients facing the following kinds of drug charges:
- Possession for Sale
- Prescription Forgery
- Possession of Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Crystal Meth, Prescription Drugs, Ecstasy, & Heroin.
Phoenix Drug Offenses: Drug Possession Charges & Punishment
Punishment for drug crimes depends on the following:
- The Quantity of the Drug
- The Drugs Classification under the Schedules
- The Purpose of the Drugs Possession
As a Criminal Defense Attorney in Phoenix, it has been Mr. Saldivar's experience that the most serious drug crimes are producing illegal drugs, manufacturing drugs, and selling drugs. In most states, possession of drugs for personal use is considered to be a serious crime, but in other states possession for personal use is punished less severely than distribution crimes are. Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute them is a serious crime, and prosecutors can try to prove your intent to distribute simply by showing the quantity of the drug you possessed, regardless of whether or not you actually distributed the drug.
In Arizona, drug offenses can result in mandatory prison time and the sentences surrounding drug offenses are increasing in severity. If you've been charged with felony drug possession, trafficking, or narcotics sales you can face heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences if convicted. As a Lawyer who concentrates on drug crime defense cases, José A. Saldivar can make sure that you receive the legal advice you need when facing drug related criminal charges in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma or anywhere else in the State of Arizona.
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