In Arizona, if you have been arrested for trafficking drugs, you are facing consequences that can change your life forever. Aside from possible significant jail time and fines, there are other implications affecting your job and your family that must be managed as soon as possible after you are arrested.
Federal, state and local officials have been bolstered in their law enforcement activities with the passage of The Patriot Act and The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, both of which give law enforcement more tools and tougher penalties for those who are convicted of drug felonies.
Trafficking convictions in Arizona will vary depending on the amount and type of drug involved. For example, penalties for the trafficking of marijuana when less than two pounds are involved carry a sentence of not less than two years and up to 8.75 years and a fine of up to $150,000. Trafficking in more than two pounds will increase a prison sentence up to 12.5 years and a fine up to $150,000.
There can be enhancements when minors are involved, if a person has been convicted of a prior drug felony, or the drug offense is committed in a school zone.
There are two common defenses if you’ve been charged trafficking drugs.
An experienced drug trafficking lawyer may claim possession of the drugs were for your personal use. Obviously, the larger the quantity that is involved, the less that this defense can be used, if at all.
The other defense is entrapment. Law enforcement officials can be overly zealous in pursuing drug trafficking crimes, and when they don’t follow appropriate procedures,a case may be dismissed.
Regardless of the circumstances, if you have been charged or are about to be charged with a drug trafficking crime, the first thing you should do is protect your rights and give yourself the best possible chance for acquittal by hiring a seasoned drug trafficking lawyer.
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