Heroin is a highly potent opiate narcotic that is illegally manufactured; it is commonly transported into the United States and Arizona from Mexico. Mexico is known for its black tar heroin, an extremely dangerous drug that is favored by addicts in the southwestern states. It is illegal to possess heroin for personal use or for any other reason. Section 13-3407, Arizona Revised Statutes details the offense:
A person shall not knowingly:
- Possess or use a dangerous drug,
- Possess a dangerous drug for sale,
- Transport for sale, import into this state or offer to transport for sale or import into this state any dangerous drug.
The consequences are extreme and may include lengthy prison sentences without the option of early release. Attorney Jeremy Geigle represents clients who were arrested for heroin charges. It is advisable to retain legal counsel at the earliest possible time in order for your attorney to strategize your legal defense. Attorney Geigle represents adults and juveniles in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Glendale.
Consequences for Heroin Charges:
Under Section 13-3407, possession of heroin:
- Class 4 felony
- Prison: up to 3.75 years
- No early release, gain time, probation or parole
- Fines: $1000 or 3 times the amount of the drug
Arizona law is relatively lenient and fair in those cases where a small quantity of heroin for personal use is at issue. If the accused was never previously convicted of a felony drug offense it may be possible to enter a diversionary drug program. The program will entail drug testing, counseling, regular attendance and other requirements that must be followed. Other programs exist for first and second offenders:
- Early disposition court – defendants are assigned into diversion programs within two weeks or less
- Drug Court – treatment instead of incarceration
- Proposition 200: available to drug offenders who used but did not sell drugs
Gaining entrance into a diversionary program can be filled with obstacles. Attorney Geigle is extremely familiar with the diversionary programs and he has helped scores of clients gain entrance. Note that successfully completing drug court can eliminate or mitigate drug charges.
Defending Against Heroin Charges:
Depending on your case, Attorney Geigle will seek a dismissal, reduced charges, diversionary drug program, satisfactory plea agreement or other outcome that will minimize damages and help you continue on in your life. Due process issues, illegal searches and seizures, warrantless searches, not being given your Miranda warnings, probable cause issues and procedural misconduct may all be asserted in an effort to dismiss your case or reduce the charges.
Free Case Evaluation with a Phoenix Heroin Attorney:
Attorney Jeremy Geigle offers a free case evaluation and client consultation to those who have been charged with violating Arizona drug laws. Jeremy believes that every client deserves superior representation and it his mission to serve every client with great dedication and personal attention. In your personal consultation you will be given the opportunity to discuss your case and to ask Attorney Geigle questions. You will have a better idea what to expect and how to proceed. Jeremy offers financing options; ask him to discuss this with you as well. To schedule your confidential case evaluation, call Attorney Jeremy Geigle of Jackson White Attorneys at Law at 460-818-9943.