Even first-time offenders can face felony-level repercussions for drug offenses, and people accused of producing, distributing, or possessing with “intent to distribute” are especially likely to find themselves facing years of imprisonment upon conviction.
Citrus Park drug penalties vary from case to case depending on your personal history of drug-related convictions, the circumstances under which you were arrested, and the specific drug involved in your offense. Here is a broad overview of how state law approaches this matter most of the time. A seasoned drug defense lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can offer further information during your private initial meeting.
Thanks to “Prop 200,” first- and second-time drug possession convictions cannot result in jail or prison time as long as the drug the defendant possessed was for their own personal use. Courts typically sentence these offenders to a term of probation and mandatory completion of a drug treatment program, and the offense will generally be treated as a Class 1 misdemeanor even if it would otherwise be treated as a felony offense. Possession of under an ounce of marijuana for personal use is legal, and possession of between one and 2.5 ounces is a petty offense punishable by no more than a $100 fine.
For third-time and subsequent offenders, a simple possession charge may have more serious consequences. For example, under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-3407, possession of a “dangerous drug” can be treated as a Class 4 felony, potentially carrying between four months and two years of prison time for someone with no prior felony convictions, and possession of LSD, amphetamines, methamphetamine, or phencyclidine (PCP) cannot be downgraded to a Class 1 misdemeanor even for first-time offenders. A lawyer in Citrus Park can explain more about which substances carry specific drug penalties.
State law imposes harsh penalties on people who manufacture, sell, or possess with intent to sell any controlled substance. For instance, A.R.S. § 13-3407 generally treats doing any of these actions with a “dangerous drug” as a Class 2 felony punishable by between three and 12.5 years of imprisonment for even a first-time felony offender.
The law also establishes a “rebuttable presumption,” which assumes someone who possesses more than the following threshold amounts of certain substances has an intent to distribute:
Repeat offenders are subject to even harsher sanctions upon conviction, as our seasoned Citrus Park attorneys can explain.
The penalties you may face for a drug-related criminal conviction can be very different from those of another person with similar charges. Each criminal drug case is unique and complicated, and they are not something you want to try fighting on your own.
Help from a former prosecutor now working as a defense attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group can minimize Citrus Park drug penalties in your specific situation. Call today to learn more.