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Tolleson Drug Penalties

The penalties for drug crimes can be severe, especially if you have faced drug charges in the past or if you have been accused of manufacturing, distributing, or possessing with “intent to distribute” any controlled substance.

Tolleson drug penalties can vary dramatically from case to case, and the maximum possible penalty a court is legally allowed to impose will not always be the penalty they actually pass down. A capable drug lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group knows how to do things the right way. We can help you understand what penalties you may face in your specific situation and mitigate those penalties as much as possible through an effective defense.

Marijuana Penalties

Possession of marijuana for recreational use is now legal in Arizona, but there are still some significant legal restrictions on marijuana possession, distribution, and manufacturing. Possessing over one ounce but less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use is a petty crime for first-time offenders, generally punishable by no more than a $100 fine.

Possessing more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use can be prosecuted as a Class 6 felony punishable by between four months and two years of imprisonment, although it can be downgraded to a Class 1 misdemeanor. Possessing more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana for distribution outside a licensed dispensary is always a felony and can be treated as a Class 2 felony, carrying between three and 12.5 years in prison for a first-time conviction if it involves trafficking more than two pounds of marijuana. A lawyer in Tolleson could argue for lesser drug penalties for people accused of possessing marijuana.

New Penalties for First-Time and Second-Time Possession

By law, possession of any amount of a controlled substance other than marijuana is a felony offense, with the class varying based on the specific substance(s) involved. Due to the recent passage of Proposition 200, first-time and sometimes second-time drug possession offenders will generally have their charge reduced to a misdemeanor and will be sentenced to probation and mandatory drug treatment or counseling rather than jail or prison time.

Felony Drug Charge Penalties

Repeat drug possession offenders are often prosecuted as felons. Possession of cocaine, heroin, or another narcotic is typically prosecuted as a Class 4 felony with a sentencing range for first-time felony offenders of one to 3.75 years in prison. Manufacturing and distribution of both narcotic and “dangerous” drugs are considered Class 2 felonies and punishable by the same sentencing range mentioned above, even for first-time offenders. A lawyer who is experienced in Tolleson drug penalties could make a case for a lower class of charges or a shorter prison sentence.

Get Help from a Tolleson Attorney With Contesting Drug Penalties

The specific penalties you face for a drug-related offense may be very different from those faced by someone else accused of the same crime. You will want a former prosecutor now working as a defense attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group on your side sooner rather than later if you want to minimize the punishment you could face because of your charges.

Our legal team can discuss possible Tolleson drug penalties and strategies for mitigating your potential sanctions in more detail during a confidential consultation. Schedule yours by calling today.

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