Arizona drug laws are tough

Although marijuana continues to find a greater degree of acceptance throughout the United States, in many instances, the possession or sale of it can still have strong repercussions.

In Arizona, possession of marijuana can be charged as a misdemeanor, but many times it is upgraded to a Class 6 felony unless it is considered only for personal use.  A Class 6 felony can result in up to two years in prison.  Possession of four pounds or more is a felony that can result in up to 3.75 years in prison.

The stakes are even higher for the possession of narcotic drugs in Arizona.  They are considered a Class 4 felony; narcotics may include cocaine, heroin, and prescription drugs such as OxyContin or Oxycodone, among others.  Class 4 felonies can result in a sentence of up to 3.75 years in prison.

Possession of dangerous drugs is also a Class 4 felony and includes substances such as LSD, PCP, Ecstasy, and methamphetamines.  Convictions for possession of these can also result in up to 3.75 years in prison.

Penalties increase significantly in Arizona if you are charged and convicted of the sale of marijuana or other illegal drugs.  The sale of marijuana can result in a fine of up to $150,000 and as much as 12.5 years in prison for quantities over four pounds.

If you have never been in trouble with the law before, it may be possible to avoid jail time for simple possession cases for small quantities of drugs.  You may even be able to avoid a criminal record by entering into a diversion program, paying a fine and agreeing to submit to random drug testing.

Dwane Cates Law Group proudly serves the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa and surrounding Arizona communities.