If you are caught by police with any illegal drug aside from marijuana, you will most likely be charged with possession or use of a dangerous drug. Some common drugs that fall into this category include cocaine, meth, mushrooms, or even prescription painkillers without proper proof of a legitimate prescription. If you are convicted of this charge in court, the consequences for your future can be severe. However, in order to convict you, the prosecution must be able to prove that you knowingly possessed or used the drug, which can be challenging for them if you have the right evidence and legal team to defend you.
Punishment Possibilities if Convicted
The possible punishments for possession or use of a dangerous drug in the state of Arizona can vary widely based on a number of factors, including:
- The drug you are charged with using or possessing
- How much of the drug was found
- How many offenses you have on your record
For example, there are some drugs that, if convicted, can only result in a probation punishment and not jail time. However, probation can only be offered if the conviction is your first or second, and if the offense was non-violent. Furthermore, if you do not have any previous felony convictions and the drug you were found in possession/use of was not a methamphetamine, you will most likely only be charged with a misdemeanor.