Drug Crimes Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Arizona, you are facing serious consequences if you are convicted. Navigating the many laws relating to illegal drugs is no easy task. The offenses with which you may be charged depend upon a number of factors. Those factors include the particular drug involved; the activity you are charged with; and the amount of the drug involved in your case.

That’s where a drug crimes lawyer can help. Bret A. Royle is an experienced Phoenix criminal attorney who represents clients charged with drug offenses. He knows the law, has excellent skills, and will fight for your rights if you are charged with a drug crime.

What Substances are Included under the Drug Laws?

In Arizona, there are special laws dealing with specific drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine. There are also various categories of drugs covered under the criminal statutes. These categories include prescription-only drugs, regulated chemicals, precursor chemicals, dangerous drugs, and narcotics. The nature of the charges against you, and the potential penalties in the event of a conviction, depend in part upon which drug is involved in your case.

In addition to the various prescription and street drugs, the drug laws also contain provisions that criminalize acts such as possession of drug paraphernalia, sale of imitation controlled substances, drug offenses where minors are involved, using electronic communications when violating the drug laws, money laundering, and the list goes on.

Drug Crime Penalties

As noted above, the extent of the penalties depends upon a number of factors. And the range of penalties is significant. As a general rule, the larger the quantity of a particular drug, the harsher the potential penalty. Moreover, certain acts are going to subject you to more severe sentences than others. A conviction for possession of a drug usually leads to a lighter sentence than for drug trafficking, or possession for sale. And many drug crimes are felonies, which mean that if you are convicted, you can be sentenced to time in state prison.

Alternatives to Incarceration

Even though many drug offenses are felonies that can land you in jail or prison, there are alternatives that may spare you from incarceration, provided you qualify. The first is probation. One example is found in A.R.S. 13-3407, under which you may be placed on probation for personal use and possession of drugs. That statute, however, has certain limitations which restrict its applicability, and it will not apply if:

  • you have three or more prior convictions for possession; or
  • the drug in question is methamphetamine; or
  • your conviction is for sale, transportation, or other activity beyond mere personal possession and use; or
  • you have previously refused drug treatment as a probation condition; or
  • you have been convicted of or are under indictment for a violent crime.

Another alternative is the Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC). It is a diversionary program available to first time offenders that offers treatment in lieu of stiffer penalties.

Defending Drug Crimes in Arizona

The drug laws are complicated. The number of drugs, the conduct alleged, the amount of the drugs, and your criminal history all have an effect upon the charges that may be filed against you, and the potential penalties in the event of a conviction. Attorney Bret A. Royle is experienced in defending clients charged with a wide variety of drug crimes. He knows how to spot weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, how to successfully raise defenses to these charges, and how to place you in the best position to obtain a dismissal or reduced charges and/or penalties. Call The Law Office of Bret A. Royle today for a free, confidential consultation.

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