Phoenix Dangerous Drugs Lawyer

Dangerous drug crimes are taken very seriously in Arizona. Unlike marijuana, the punishments involving dangerous drugs aren’t based on the amount of the drug found. You could have one ounce or one pound of a dangerous drug and still receive the same sentence. You can find a list of dangerous drugs by visiting Arizona Revised Statute 13-3401.

There are a number of dangerous drug charges that can be brought against someone. According to A.R.S. 13-3407, a person shall not:

  1. Possess or use a dangerous drug.
  2. Possess a dangerous drug for sale.
  3. Possess chemicals or equipment for the purpose of manufacturing dangerous drugs.
  4. Manufacture a dangerous drug.
  5. Administer a dangerous drug to another person.
  6. Obtain a dangerous drug through the use of fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
  7. Transport for sale, import into this state, or offer to transport for sale any dangerous drugs.

A first-time offender could expect to face one of the following sentences depending on which of the above crimes he or she committed:

Paragraph

Felony Type

Maximum Sentence

1

Class 4 Felony

3 years

2

Class 2 Felony

10 years

3

Class 3 Felony

7 years

4

Class 2 Felony

10 years

5

Class 2 Felony

10 years

6

Class 3 Felony

7 years

7

Class 2 Felony

10 years

 

If the dangerous drug is methamphetamine, the offender will face more severe punishments, which can be found below:

Paragraph

Maximum Sentence

1

3 years

2

15 years

3

15 years

4

15 years

5

10 years

6

7 years

7

15 years

 

In addition to the sentences list above, a serious drug offender could receive a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if the offender violates paragraph 2, 3, or 4 under A.R.S. 13-3407 and earns $25,000 or more per year from the illegal activities.

Dangerous drug offenses carry one of the highest prison sentences under Arizona law for first-time offenders. A second conviction will add an additional 5 years to the sentences listed above, and a third offense could earn the offender a 25-year to life sentence.

Whether you are being charged for a first offense or you have been charged with multiple offenses involving dangerous drugs, an experienced and knowledgeable drug crime attorney from JacksonWhite can help you avoid these lengthy prison sentences. Call 480-818-9943 to schedule a free consultation with dangerous drug crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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