Prescott Drug Crimes Lawyers
Have You Been Charged with a Drug Offense in Prescott, Gilbert, Yavapai, or Maricopa County?
Drug crime arrests and charges are among the most common criminal cases in Arizona. Whether it involves marijuana, another dangerous street drug, or a prescription medication obtained illegally, you may be faced with not only one charge but multiple charges that could end up giving you a permanent criminal record. These crimes range from simple possession to large-scale drug trafficking to manufacturing methamphetamine in chemical labs. In any of these situations, if you believe you are the target of an investigation, your first step should be to retain the services of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
At Signature Law Group, you can turn to a Prescott, AZ drug crimes attorney who has substantial experience and served as a Yavapai County prosecutor before going into private practice. Our attorney has handled thousands of criminal cases, including those involving clients facing all types of drug charges, from simple misdemeanors to serious felony charges. That is the kind of experience that can make a difference when facing off against aggressive prosecutors whose sole aim is to punish you with incarceration, heavy fines, and long terms of probation. Our firm is here to give you the carefully-prepared defense and unwavering advocacy needed in all drug crime cases.
Drug Crimes in Arizona
Arizona drug laws outline what dangerous drugs are, the different unlawful activities connected with them, and the penalties you face upon a conviction.
Drug crimes can include the following:
- Drug possession
- Possession for sale
- Drug manufacturing or cultivation
- Drug trafficking
- Prescription fraud
- Drug paraphernalia
In many cases, you may face multiple charges, such as possession of both marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. How you are charged will depend on:
- The type of drugs involved
- The quantity of drugs involved
- Whether it is a first offense or subsequent offense
- Whether you face one or multiple charges
- Whether your case involves aggravated circumstances, such as selling drugs near schools and playgrounds, using deadly weapons, and more, or whether mitigating circumstances apply that could reduce penalties
Unfortunately, most drug crimes are charged as felonies in our state which can lead to steep penalties, including years in prison, fines, and probation. Personal possession and use of drugs are among the least serious drug crimes. For example, more than one ounce up to two and a half ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense that only results in a fine of up to $300. However, possession of two and a half ounces but less than two pounds is considered a felony punishable by six months up to a year and a half in jail with a fine that could range up to $150,000.
Get Competent & Committed Legal Representation
Drug crimes can seriously impact your life in terms of criminal as well as collateral penalties. Moving forward in life with a criminal record reduces life opportunities, from employment choices to professional licenses, educational loans, and more. In some cases involving personal possession only, you may be eligible for mandatory probation instead of jail time. To ensure that your case is handled thoroughly with all available options explored, you should rely on Signature Law Group.
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