In Phoenix, possessing or using certain regulated drugs is against the law. Many substances fall under this category, such as street drugs and their derivatives, narcotics, and even some prescription drugs without a valid prescription. Additionally, a person could face charges for possessing paraphernalia to use those substances or precursor chemicals to make them.
The type of substance involved in your case can significantly impact the severity of charges and penalties you face. To learn more about types of illegal drugs in Phoenix, reach out to Grand Canyon Law Group. Our knowledgeable attorneys can explain the state’s laws and help build a defense on your behalf.
Illegal substances in Phoenix include standard street drugs, any derivatives, narcotics, and different types of narcotic and dangerous drugs, such as:
Because of a voted proposition in Arizona called Prop 200, first or second-time offenses for the personal use of most drugs must be dealt with through probation. This means a defendant generally cannot go to prison for their first two convictions on simple drug possession charges.
However, the possession, use, or sale of certain drugs are penalized more harshly than others. For instance, a conviction for selling methamphetamine has a much harsher sentencing range than selling cocaine, heroin, or fentanyl. This is due to Arizona legislature that removed methamphetamines from the mandatory probation situation if the person possessed it for personal use. The same legislature also enacted enhanced penalties for the sale of methamphetamine. Possession of large quantities of drugs like heroin, cocaine, or fentanyl is also prosecuted harshly in Phoenix and throughout Arizona, as our attorneys can attest.
Our local drug lawyers handle many cases involving possession of heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Recently, there has been a huge increase in fentanyl cases. The Phoenix area sees many drug transport crimes and drug busts for large quantities of methamphetamines, fentanyl, and heroin coming across the US-Mexico border in Arizona.
In response, Phoenix law enforcement officers have been trying to crack down on drug-related offenses, especially those involving fentanyl possession. Any type of drug charge may be prosecuted harshly and can lead to significant penalties, making it essential for defendants to seek legal counsel from a seasoned attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group.
If you are accused of possessing or selling any type of illegal drug in Phoenix, you need skilled representation to protect your rights and future. Certain substances are prosecuted more harshly than others, and the type of drug involved in your case will impact the potential penalties you face upon conviction.
At Grand Canyon Law Group, our dedicated defense lawyers are former prosecutors with years of experience handling these cases on both sides. We know how the prosecution thinks and can use this to your advantage. You have a way of life worth protecting, so call our firm today to discuss your case and get started on your defense.