Possession Of Drugs For Sale/Transportation of Drugs For Sale
Last Modified: November 9, 2017 at 10:37 pm
Being charged with possession of drugs for sale or transportation or drugs for sale can be very scary; after all, if you are convicted of this charge, you stand to face serious consequences that could have a huge impact on the rest of your life. Specifically, possession or drugs for transport or sale is a charge used when you are caught with a large amount of drugs on you that would lead a police officer to believe the amount found was beyond personal use. Finding large amounts of cash could also lead an officer to pursue this charge against you.
What Are the Thresholds?
Distinguishing between drugs for personal use and drug possession with the intent to sell can be tricky, which is why there are specific thresholds in place according to Arizona law. If you are found with drugs that exceed the threshold, there is a good chance you will be charged with possession or transportation of drugs for sale.
What exactly are the threshold amounts? These can vary from one drug to the next. For example, the threshold for marijuana is four pounds. If you are found with any more than this amount on you, a police officer will likely assume that you intended to sell/distribute those drugs to others rather than using them for yourself. Other drugs have different thresholds. For example, 9 grams of meth or cocaine is all that is needed to reach the threshold, and one gram of heroin is enough to be caught with this charge.
Possible Punishments for Conviction
Unfortunately, if you are charged with possession or transportation of drugs for sale in an amount that exceeds the state’s thresholds, you will be forced to serve a mandatory minimum prison sentence if you are convicted. This remains true even if this is your first conviction, which is why having the proper defense in court is so important. The minimum prison sentences can vary, but for your first offense, it will likely be between one year and 12.5 years if the amount of drugs found on you was below the threshold. That sentence quickly increases to a minimum of three years if the amount of drugs found was above that threshold.
If you have had drug convictions in the past, regardless of whether they were above or below the threshold, you will serve up to 25 years in prison if you are convicted. With this in mind, it’s important to realize that possession or transportation of drugs for sale is one of the most serious drug convictions you can face.
Time to Work With a Drug Defense Attorney
Fortunately, if you have been charged with possession or transportation of drugs for sale, you do have potential defense options. Whether you want to argue that you didn’t know about the drugs that were found in your possession or that you were not read your Miranda Rights, you do have options. The key to taking one of these lines of defense, however, is having a drug defense attorney there to guide you through the legal process and make sure you have the evidence needed to back up and substantiate your claims in court. You should not attempt to represent yourself for such a serious charge, especially when there is so much on the line.
If you would like to find out more about how a drug defense attorney could help you, schedule a consultation and case evaluation by contacting us today. We will work with you on your possession or transportation of drugs for sale defense.