Drug Possession

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Arizona Statutes classify drugs differently and each of these classifications has different possible punishments. One of these classifications is called “Dangerous Drugs”, and if convicted, these charges have very serious consequences. Most people accused of a dangerous drug crime don’t realize its classification and how serious the charges are by Arizona law. A few examples of dangerous drugs include LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamines, steroids, and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Methamphetamine crimes are considered extremely major offenses by Arizona law and prosecutors. If you are caught simply possessing Methamphetamine and convicted it can result in prison or jail time even if you have no priors. That is why it is crucial to contact a lawyer as soon as possible; a conviction doesn’t have to happen to you. Learn about the possible punishment of the specific charge you’ve been accused of from the chart below.

ARS 13-3407 A person shall not knowingly:

Statute Meaning Classified As:
13-3407 A1 Possess or use a dangerous drug Class 4 Felony
13-3407 A2 Possess a dangerous drug for sale Class 2 Felony
13-3407 A3 Possess equipment or chemicals, or both, for the purpose of manufacturing a dangerous drug Class 3 Felony, except that if the offense involved methamphetamine where it would then be a Class 2 Felony
13-3407 A4 Manufacture a dangerous drug Class 2 Felony
13-3407 A5 Administer a dangerous drug to another person Class 5 Felony
13-3407 A6 Obtain or procure the administration of a dangerous drug by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge Class 3 Felony
13-3407 A7 Transport for sale, import into this state, offer to transport for sale or import into this state, sell, transfer or offer to sell or transfer a dangerous drug Class 2 Felony

In addition to jail or prison, a convicted drug offender may be required to pay fines, complete community restitution hours, and serve a possible term of probation.

Don’t make the mistake of attempting to defend yourself if you have such serious crimes charged against you. A professional who is educated and has dedicated their career to situations similar to the one you’re going through is the best thing you can do for yourself. The judicial system can be complicated and you will want to make sure that your sentence is justified. Only 1% of lawyers in Arizona are considered specialists. Steve Glazer of The Glazer Law Office, PLLC is a certified Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona. He will be nothing but honest to you about your case. You need someone who will communicate the facts and lay your options out clearly for you.

Since The Glazer Law Office, PLLC was established in 2002, we have handled many dangerous drug cases, and we know what it takes to obtain the best possible outcome. If you have been accused of a dangerous drug crime in northern Arizona call and would like to learn more information about Arizona drug laws and the criminal process, call (928) 213-9253 to schedule a free confidential consultation to discuss your drug charges with an experienced drug crime defense attorney.

Many people don’t think marijuana crimes are a big deal.  Marijuana crimes are the most common of all drug crimes in Arizona however they should be taken very seriously. Marijuana may be less harmful and less dangerous than many legal drugs but the punishments are still severe in Arizona. If you’re charged with a crime involving marijuana you may be facing jail time, fines, and in most cases court ordered drug counseling. There are many ways that you can be cited if you’re caught with Marijuana. The type of charges, amount of charges, and the severity of the punishment will depend on the details of the case. On this page I will be discussing the several ways that you can be charged for Marijuana and the punishment associated with the charges. Marijuana charges include:

  • Possession or use of marijuana
  • Possession of  marijuana for sale
  • Production of marijuana
  • Transport for sale, import into this state or offer to transport for sale or import into this state, sell, transfer or offer to sell or transfer marijuana.

Possess or Use Marijuana

The simplest crime involving marijuana is “Possession of Marijuana”. In Arizona, possession of marijuana crimes can end up as felonies or misdemeanors which can also determine the court your charges will be prosecuted in. The severity of the punishment depends on how much (by weight) law enforcement finds.

  • 2 pounds or less, a class 6 felony; however the state has the authority to reduce this to a class 1 misdemeanor
  • More than 2 pounds and less than 4 pounds, a Class 5 Felony
  • More than 4 pounds, a Class 4 Felony

Basically, if you are caught with a minimal amount of marijuana, the state will most likely choose to prosecute the charges at the misdemeanor level. If you end up pleading guilty to simple possession of marijuana as a misdemeanor, you will be ordered by the court to attend drug education classes or 24 hours of community service and a fine of $750.00 or three times the value of the drug, whichever is greater plus the applicable surcharge.

If more than 2 pounds is found, your charges will be prosecuted as a felony. If you plead guilty to a class 5 felony you have the possible punishment of imprisonment, probation and fines. If more than 4 pounds is found and you plead guilty to a Class 4 Felony you have the same punishment possibilities.

Possess Marijuana for Sale

If you were charged with the more serious, possession of marijuana for sale, the potential punishment if convicted depends on the amount you were found with. Possession of marijuana for sale, similar to simple possession of marijuana, is charged as different levels of felonies per poundage of marijuana. You can be charged with possession of marijuana for sale with any amount of marijuana, the “for sale” part comes from what was found in addition to the actual marijuana.

The difference between simple possession and possession for sale has to do with what else was found at the time of the encounter with law enforcement. This can include if the defendant had a large amount of money in their possession, the drugs were hidden away in a vehicle or luggage, if there was a scale, and/or of the person possessed numerous baggies or other items which could separate the marijuana into smaller sizes. The possible punishments are broken down below:

  • 2 pounds or less, Class 4 Felony
  • More than 2 pounds and less than 4 pounds, Class 3 Felony
  • More than 4 pounds, Class 2 Felony

Cultivating Marijuana

If you have been charged for producing marijuana, your possible punishment again depends on the amount of marijuana found.

  • 2 pounds or less, Class 5 Felony
  • More than 2 pounds and less than 4 pounds, Class 4 Felony
  • More than 4 pounds, Class 3 Felony

Transporting Marijuana

Transporting is only broken down into 2 possible punishment outcomes:

  • Less than 2 pounds of marijuana, Class 3 Felony
  • More than 2 pounds of marijuana, Class 2 felony

To learn how your case will most likely be handled by the prosecutor you’ll need to consult an attorney. Someone who is familiar with the local judicial system can advise you on what to expect throughout the process. Possession of marijuana for personal use and/or sales can result in serious consequences. It is important to understand and protect your rights. Don’t let drug charges ruin your future. Steve Glazer will explain your legal options and work until an appropriate defense in your case is found. Marijuana attorney, Steve Glazer, has dedicated his career to helping people avoid severe punishments. In his career as a criminal defense lawyer he strongly believes those accused of marijuana charges need help. He has experience in both state and federal courts and can handle the most complex drug trials. Steve Glazer’s ability to defend you is unparalleled. He is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona which less than 1% of lawyers in Arizona are qualified. Every client of The Glazer Law Office, PLLC gets the most attentive and detailed defense.

If you need to speak with an experienced marijuana lawyer about your situation, set up a free consultation through our contact page on the right or call (928) 213-9253. If you fill out our contact form, The Glazer Law Office, PLLC will be contacting you. The Glazer Law Office, PLLC handles cases at both the State and Federal level in northern Arizona including, Bullhead City, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Holbrook, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Page, Prescott, Sedona, Seligman, Williams, and Winslow.

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