Drug crimes are treated seriously under Arizona state law. If you are facing drug charges, it is in your best interests to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer represent you. Drug crimes are charged and adjudicated differently than drug DUI or DUI cases – an experienced attorney can make all the difference to the outcome of your case. Contact Scott David Stewart as soon as possible for a free case evaluation and to discuss your options. The sooner we begin crafting a defense strategy, the better.
Why Choose Scott David Stewart?
- Our Surprise, Arizona lawyers have defended clients against all types of drug charges, from simple possession to distribution.
- We are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients and have helped thousands of people fight criminal charges.
- Our firm is client-centered. We are focused on providing high-quality legal services to the people we represent in the area of criminal defense.
Types of Drug Crimes
We have successfully defended clients against a wide range of drug charges, including:
- Illegal possession of marijuana: Anything over two pounds (the statutory threshold) is treated as possession with intent to sell. Possession of less than two pounds of marijuana is a class six felony with a minimum prison sentence of six months.
- Possession of dangerous drugs: The state classifies many drugs other than marijuana as dangerous, including methamphetamine, LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, mescaline, clonazepam, PCP, and other drugs. It is a crime to knowingly possess, use, sell, or intend to sell dangerous drugs. Possession of methamphetamine, amphetamine, LSD, or PCP is a class four felony carrying a minimum prison sentence of one and a half years.
- Narcotic drug crimes: It is unlawful in Arizona to possess, use, sell, manufacture, transport, administer to another person, or fraudulently obtain narcotic drugs, including heroin, morphine, cocaine, opium, and oxycodone. Offenders may also face federal charges. Conviction of possession or possession with intent to sell could bring severe penalties, including heavy fines and years in prison.
- Prescription drug crimes: Arizona is cracking down on prescription drug crimes. It is illegal to possess or use prescription drugs in this state, except as directed with a valid prescription in your own name from a licensed doctor. It is also illegal to sell, administer, transport, or manufacture prescription drugs, or possess the chemicals and equipment to make them, without proper authorization. Illegal prescription drug possession can lead to a six-month prison sentence, or worse.
- Drug paraphernalia: It is unlawful in Arizona to possess illegal drug paraphernalia – the tools and special equipment used to consume them. This includes paraphernalia associated with marijuana, dangerous drugs, narcotics, and peyote. Drug paraphernalia is confiscated by law enforcement officers upon arrest. Possession, sale, advertising, promotion, or delivery of illegal drug paraphernalia is a class six felony, punishable by up to one and a half years in prison.
Drug Crime Defenses
Our drug crime defense lawyers will find every weakness in the State’s case and use it to strengthen your defense. Depending on the circumstances that led to your arrest, we will raise every available defense against the charges, which may include:
- Insufficient evidence of guilt
- Drug possession in a borrowed vehicle
- No knowledge that a passenger in your vehicle possessed drugs
- Police entrapment
- Any violations of your constitutional rights
Get in Touch with Our Firm Today
If you are facing drug charges in Arizona, your future may hang in the balance. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Call Scott David Stewart today to get a dedicated legal advocate on your side.