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Types of Drug Charges in Citrus Park

Just like the people who are charged with them, no two drug-related criminal charges in Arizona are made exactly alike. Both law enforcement authorities and criminal courts here take different tacks when handling various types of drug charges in Citrus Park. What happens in one person’s case may not necessarily be what happens in someone else’s. That is especially true if one of those people is a habitual offender or was found doing something illegal with a particularly dangerous substance.

It is crucial to understand the broad categories which state law sorts drug-related offenses into so you can understand what options you have for contesting your charges and what the best course of action might be. Here are some of the drug charges that our experienced drug defense lawyers most often help people fight against.

Drug Possession

Drug possession is the most straightforward type of drug charge in Citrus Park and the type which has changed most dramatically in terms of how police and the court system handle it. Thanks to “Prop 200,” first-time and second-time offenders for simple drug possession generally cannot be sentenced to jail or prison time upon conviction, and will instead be sentenced to probation and required to complete drug abuse treatment. That said, possession of certain types of drugs—most notably, methamphetamine—can still be prosecuted as a felony offense even for first-time offenders.

Drug Manufacture and Distribution

With virtually no exceptions, anyone found to have cultivated, manufactured, distributed, or sold controlled substances of any kind—including marijuana  outside of a licensed dispensary—will find themselves facing felony-level charges. In particular, offenses involving “narcotic” and “dangerous” drugs are prosecuted especially severely, often as Class 2 felonies carrying between three and 12.5 years of prison time for convicted first-time offenders.

Possession With Intent to Distribute

As mentioned above, possessing a certain amount of a controlled substance can be taken as evidence of “intent to distribute,” as can the presence of items associated with drug distribution like scales, baggies, and large amounts of cash. For example, the “threshold amount” of cocaine in this context is nine grams, so anyone found to have more than nine grams of cocaine on their person or in their possession in some other way will likely be prosecuted for drug distribution rather than simple possession. This may happen unless they can successfully prove that the law’s presumption in that regard is not accurate.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Finally, possession of “paraphernalia” related to the use, distribution, or manufacture of drugs is a criminal offense in Citrus Park with or without the presence of controlled substances with that paraphernalia. This includes items like bongs, syringes, planting and growing supplies, and all manner of similar items. Like other simple possession charges, though, this type of drug charge in Citrus Park is typically treated as a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by probation rather than jail time for first-time and second-time offenders.

Discover How a Citrus Park Attorney Can Help With All Types of Drug Charges

This is far from a comprehensive guide to how courts may approach all possible types of drug charges in Citrus Park, but it should illustrate just how complex and varied these charges can be. To get a positive result from your unique case, it will be necessary to work with Grand Canyon Law Group.

Our legal team can discuss your options and offer preliminary guidance about the next steps during a free, confidential consultation. Call us today to schedule yours.

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