Phoenix Drug Lawyer, Arizona Drug Crime Defense
The liberalization of marijuana laws in many states has created a certain amount of confusion — and complacency — about drug laws in Arizona. But make no mistake about it. Drug possession, cultivation, manufacture, sale, trafficking, and other drug-related behaviors are serious crimes in our state. As a result, conviction carries serious penalties that can negatively affect nearly every aspect of your life. And as your Phoenix drug lawyer can tell you, this includes marijuana. Even possession of small amounts less than two pounds is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $750 fine. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Howard A. Snader, LLC today.
Is Possessing Marijuana Legal in Arizona?
Unlike some states, Arizona has not decriminalized recreational marijuana. Unless you have a valid medical marijuana card, you cannot possess, grow, or use marijuana in the State of Arizona. And, federal law prohibits all use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana — even if you have a medical marijuana card. State penalties vary, depending on the amount of marijuana you possessed, the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and your criminal history.
If you’re arrested for marijuana-related crimes, it’s important to contact a skilled Phoenix drug lawyer as quickly as possible. You might have defenses to the charges — and might be able to avoid jail time through deferred prosecution programs and other alternative sentencing options.
Consequences of a Drug Crime Conviction
Life with a felony conviction becomes complicated. For example, a convicted felon loses civil rights, including the right to own a firearm, vote, or hold public office, and will usually have difficulty obtaining housing, student loans, and employment.
That said, a good drug defense attorney can often work out an agreement that will keep you from having to live with the consequences of a felony conviction for a first or second offense for possession of a small amount of a controlled substance.
Types of Controlled Substances in Arizona
The law in Arizona recognizes six categories of controlled substances, each carrying its own penalties:
- Substances that emit toxic vapors
- Drugs requiring a prescription
- Dangerous drugs (for example, LSD, mescaline, ecstasy, methamphetamines, steroids, mushrooms containing psilocybin, GHB)
Categories of Arizona Drug Charges
Drug-related charges depend on the amount of the controlled substance and its use (or intended use), including:
Drug possession charges can vary dramatically, depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. “Simple possession” involves having drugs for your personal use. While it is still a crime, it is typically a less serious charge than possession with intent to sell or distribute. If you’re arrested with a large quantity of illegal drugs, you’ll probably face these more serious charges. If you’re carrying a large amount of money or have drug-related paraphernalia (such as scales) with you, the prosecutor will also try to spin this information against you.
When faced with possession charges, especially those involving intent to sell or distribute, it’s in your best interest to speak with an experienced Phoenix drug lawyer. Even a simple possession conviction can negatively affect your future — and you might face serious jail time and other penalties if you’re convicted of possession with intent to distribute charges.
A skilled Phoenix drug lawyer will carefully analyze the facts surrounding your arrest and charges, looking for defenses. They might include innocence, lack of criminal intent, and procedural issues surrounding your arrest and search and seizure.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
In Arizona, it’s also illegal to own certain types of drug paraphernalia, such as XXXX. This is a separate charge from drug possession and carries its own penalties. If you’re facing drug paraphernalia charges, contact the Law Office of Howard A. Snader, LLC for a free, no-risk consultation. We’ll help you understand your rights and how our skilled Phoenix drug lawyer might help.
Cultivation and Manufacturing of Drugs
Producing drugs, either by growing them or manufacturing them, can carry serious state and federal penalties. Typically, the authorities aggressively pursue cultivation and manufacturing charges, since these activities are seen as a root cause of our state’s drug problems. If you’re accused of cultivation or manufacturing charges, you need a knowledgeable and skilled Phoenix drug lawyer at your side.
Cultivation involves growing plants that are used as illegal drugs. This might include:
- Psychedelic mushrooms
It is a felony charge that can involve up to seven years in prison, a permanent criminal record, and other penalties.
Manufacturing charges involve synthetic drugs, such as methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), and other substances. Arizona has cracked down on drug manufacturing — creating a state task force and very harsh laws. Even a first conviction can involve a 15-year prison sentence — or more if a child was present at the manufacturing site. A second offense carries up to 20 years without parole and you’ll face up to a 35-year sentence for subsequent convictions. The authorities can also seize the property where the drugs were produced.
If you or a loved one are facing manufacturing or cultivation charges, consult with a Phoenix drug lawyer at the Law Office of Howard A. Snader, LLC. Howard Snader is a board-certified criminal defense attorney who aggressively defends his clients against serious drug charges. Contact us today to schedule a personalized consultation.
Drug Trafficking, Transportation, and Distribution
Simple possession is very different than a drug trafficking charge. If the authorities believe you were involved in the distribution and sale of illegal drugs, you might face serious penalties and a lengthy prison sentence. However, if you’re facing drug trafficking charges, you might have strong defenses. For example, a conviction requires proof that you knowingly carried or transported drugs. You might also have procedural defenses if the police violated your search and seizure rights or failed to warn you of your right to remain silent.
For a confidential and personalized consultation, contact the Law Office of Howard A. Snader, LLC today. Our experienced Phoenix drug lawyer is board-certified in criminal defense and can help you protect your constitutional rights.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of a Controlled Substance
Drugged driving is just as illegal as drunk driving. However, unlike alcohol, Arizona law doesn’t set “legal limits” for drugged driving cases. Defending a drugged driving charge requires attention to detail — there are numerous technical and procedural issues involved. If you or a loved one are facing DUI charges, contact us immediately for a no-risk consultation.
Why You Need the Best Lawyer You Can Find If You’re Facing Accusations of a Drug Crime in Arizona
Realistically, recreational drugs are common and easily obtainable in Arizona. They are especially prevalent among young people and on college campuses. It is a tragedy for a felony conviction to destroy your life at a young age — or any age for that matter. But it is one that you can avoid with the right attorney.
If you or a member of your family faces an Arizona drug charge, you need a top-notch drug defense attorney fighting for you. Although your income may qualify you for the services of a public defender, resist the temptation. Public defenders are often dedicated lawyers, but their caseloads are simply too large for them to devote sufficient time and attention to any one case, and they are likely to push you into a plea bargain for the sake of expediency. Don’t take a chance with your freedom and your future (or that of your son or daughter) at a time like this. Hire the best criminal defense lawyer you can find.
Top-Rated Drug Lawyer for Phoenix and the Surrounding Area
If you or a loved one are facing drug charges, Call the law offices of top-rated drug lawyer Howard A. Snader, an Arizona Board Certified specialist in criminal law and former Maricopa County prosecutor who has practiced criminal law in Arizona since 1990.
Howard has earned an AVVO rating of a perfect 10 (superb) from his legal peers and clients for his experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct. Because he is a results-oriented attorney, he has a passionate dedication to your protecting rights under the United States Constitution. Moreover, he has produced superior results for his clients in his twenty-five years of practice, now devoted exclusively to criminal defense.
Howard Snader has offices conveniently located in Phoenix and Scottsdale. So don’t delay. If you are facing a drug-related offense, exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and call Howard as soon as possible. Your future many depend on it. The initial consultation is free. In addition, we accept credit cards, and we offer easy payment plans.