Arizona Drug Crimes Attorney

Last Modified: May 9, 2024
Arizona drug crimes attorney

Dangerous drugs have become a major problem in this country. That is why Arizona prosecutes each drug crime seriously.

If you have been accused of drug crimes, including those with narcotic drugs, you need an Arizona criminal defense lawyer to help you. At Genesis DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyers, our Arizona criminal defense attorney is ready to defend your rights.

Dangerous drug crimes, including those involving prescription drugs, have become a focus of the criminal justice system. It would help if you had the strongest legal defense possible, and our Phoenix drug crimes lawyer is ready to defend you.

Learn more about drug crime cases below. Then, contact us for a free consultation.

Our Arizona Drug Crimes Attorney Is Ready To Defend Your Rights

Our Arizona drug crimes attorney is ready to defend your rights

Drug offenses are among the most frequent cases we see as top Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyers at Canyon State Law.

Many factors go into obtaining a successful outcome for your case: the type and quantity of drugs, where and how the drugs were found, whether the drugs were for personal use or sale, and even whether or not the State of Arizona can prove there are drugs at all.

Examples of Crimes We See Involving Drugs

 Some of the most common crimes we see involving narcotics and other drugs are:

1. Medical Marijuana

2. Drug possession

3. Drug possession for sale

4. Drug trafficking

5. Drug transportation

6. Attempted solicitation to possess drugs

7. Attempted solicitation to sell drugs

8. Drug paraphernalia

9. Drug smuggling

Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana

In Arizona, medical marijuana is legal for patients with qualifying conditions, but there are strict regulations governing its use and possession. Patients must have a valid medical marijuana card issued by the state to possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes legally.

Without this card, possession of marijuana could lead to drug charges, even if used for health reasons. Our attorneys can help ensure that your medical use complies with state laws to protect you from potential legal issues.

Drug Possession

Possession of drugs in Arizona can lead to serious charges, depending on the type and quantity of the drug. Simple possession might be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, influencing the severity of potential penalties.

Defending against these charges often requires challenging the evidence, such as how the drugs were discovered or handled by law enforcement. Our legal team has experience scrutinizing such details to defend your rights effectively.

Drug Possession for Sale

Drug possession for sale

Possession of drugs with the intent to sell introduces more severe charges and penalties than simple possession. This determination is often based on the amount of the drug, packaging, and other evidence suggesting sales activity.

Our attorneys can challenge the prosecution's interpretation of intent and evidence, aiming to reduce or dismiss the charges. We also explore plea deals and other legal options that may limit the consequences of these charges.

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking charges in Arizona involve the manufacture, distribution, or transport of large quantities of controlled substances. These offenses carry heavy penalties, including long prison sentences and substantial fines.

Our defense strategies may include contesting the alleged amount of drugs or proving that your involvement was coerced or minimal. Protecting your rights in such complex cases requires a thorough and aggressive legal approach.

Drug Transportation

Transporting drugs across state lines or within Arizona brings serious legal risks and potential for federal and state charges. The severity of penalties often depends on the type and quantity of drugs transported.

Our firm is skilled in handling federal and state drug transportation cases, employing strategies that might involve challenging the traffic stop or search that led to the discovery of drugs. We aim to dismantle the prosecution's case against you effectively.

Attempted Solicitation to Possess Drugs

Attempted solicitation to possess drugs is a charge that can be applied if you're accused of trying to persuade someone to give or sell drugs to you. This can be a complex charge to prove, as it involves demonstrating intent without the completion of the drug transaction.

Our defense might focus on the communication's lack of intent or misunderstanding. We work diligently to protect your legal rights and provide a strong defense against these accusations.

Attempted Solicitation to Sell Drugs

Being charged with attempted solicitation to sell drugs implies that you are accused of attempting to engage others in drug distribution, even if no drugs were sold. This charge requires the prosecution to prove intent, which can often be effectively contested in court.

We can challenge the evidence or argue that there was no actual commitment or action toward selling drugs. We aim to reduce the impact of these charges or seek a complete dismissal.

Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of drug paraphernalia in Arizona can lead to criminal charges independent of actual drug possession.

Paraphernalia includes any item that can be used for consuming, manufacturing, or distributing drugs. Our defense often involves disputing the items' intended use or proving they were not owned or controlled by you. We explore every possible angle to defend you against these charges.

Drug Smuggling

Drug smuggling involves illegally importing controlled substances into Arizona, often crossing international or state borders. This crime is typically prosecuted aggressively and requires a defense that can handle complex legal challenges.

We focus on issues such as the legality of the border stop or the search methods used by authorities. Our attorneys are experienced in federal and state drug laws, providing you with a comprehensive defense strategy.

What You Should Do If Facing Drug Charges in Arizona

  1. Remain silent and request an attorney immediately. Anything you say can be used against you, so exercising your right to remain silent is important.
  2. Do not consent to any searches without a warrant. If police request to search your property or vehicle, you can refuse unless they have a warrant.
  3. Gather all documentation related to your case. This includes any paperwork you received during your arrest or any other documents that might relate to your case.
  4. Avoid discussing your case on social media or with friends and family. These communications can sometimes be used as evidence in court.
  5. Follow all court orders and conditions of your bail or release. This is vital to avoid additional charges and show the court you are compliant.
  6. Stay informed about your legal rights and the progress of your case. Understanding the charges against you and the legal process will help you make informed decisions.
  7. Work closely with your defense attorney to prepare your case. Please provide them with all the necessary information and adhere to their advice for the best defense strategy.

Strategies We Can Use To Defend You

Strategies we can use to defend you
  • Challenging the legality of the drug search and seizure. If the drugs were discovered during an illegal search, the evidence might be thrown out, weakening the prosecution's case.
  • Questioning the accuracy of drug testing and analysis. We can dispute how the drugs were tested or challenge the qualifications of the personnel who handled the testing.
  • Arguing for a lack of intent or knowledge regarding the drugs. If we can show that you were unaware of the drugs' presence, the charges against you might be reduced or dismissed.
  • Highlighting procedural errors or misconduct by law enforcement. Any errors made during your arrest or evidence handling can be grounds for dismissing the case.
  • Negotiating for reduced charges or alternative sentencing options. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to negotiate a plea deal that avoids jail time or substantially reduces penalties.

Can You Secure a Dismissal?

Securing a dismissal of drug charges can depend on several factors, including the strength of the evidence against you and the legality of how that evidence was obtained.

Our team will thoroughly investigate your case to identify any potential for dismissal. We focus on procedural missteps, rights violations, and weaknesses in the prosecution's evidence. Our primary goal is to get your charges dismissed and protect your future.

What About a Drug Diversion Program?

Arizona offers drug diversion programs that can serve as an alternative to traditional sentencing. These programs focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment and can lead to charges being dropped upon successful completion.

Our firm can help determine your eligibility for such a program and advocate for your participation. This could not only potentially dismiss your charges but also help you address underlying issues related to drug use.

Should You Negotiate a Plea Bargain?

Negotiating a plea bargain may be a strategic move, depending on the evidence against you and the potential penalties you face. A plea bargain can reduce your charges, lessen penalties, or alter sentencing to something more favorable, like probation instead of jail time.

Our attorneys will carefully evaluate the merits of a plea deal to ensure it is in your best interest. We negotiate aggressively to secure terms that protect your rights and future.

We Will Use Every Resource We Have To Defend You

Drug charges in Arizona require many different approaches and are broad in outcomes. Suppose you have no criminal history and are found with drug paraphernalia and/or a small amount of drugs.

In that case, you may be able to receive probation or even diversion, which results in no criminal conviction on your record. Your case may even be dismissed. That is not always the case, as every matter is unique. 

Together, we will develop a "client goal" based on your situation and work diligently to achieve that goal. We will work hard to make sure your rights are protected. Contact us today so we can review your case and work on creating your client goal.

Whatever your particular situation, and no matter how big or small your case may seem, we know its importance and will strive to achieve the best possible outcome.

Schedule a legal consultation with our Arizona lawyers today!

Contact Our Arizona Drug Crimes Attorney for a Free Consultation

Contact our Arizona drug crimes attorney for a free consultation

Have you been charged with a drug crime in Arizona? At Genesis DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyers, we always put your needs first. It would be our honor to defend you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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1755 S Val Vista Dr Suite 205 Mesa, AZ 85204

(480) 900-2220

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