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What Factors Influence Sentencing for Arizona Drug Crimes?

On April 3, 2013, Arizona Governor Brewer signed a new ban on synthetic drugs into law. The law went into effect immediately and expands Arizona’s definition of dangerous drugs. If you have been arrested or charged with a drug crime, an Arizona defense attorney can explore all your legal defenses and sentence- reduction options with you.

If an Arizona court convicts you for a drug crime, the type and longevity of your sentence depends on a number of factors:

  • What was the type and quantity of the drug that you possessed?
  • Did the prosecutor prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you sold, distributed or manufactured the drugs or that you possessed them with the intent to sell?

Possession of a drug without the intent to sell is a less serious offense than selling, distributing or possessing a drug with the intent to sell. However, if you possessed more than the threshold for a certain drug, your intent to sell is assumed, and a judge is bound by mandatory minimum sentences.

If you are a first-time offender, you may be eligible for probation if the State charges you with:

  • Using or possessing an amount lower than the threshold of marijuana or of certain narcotics and dangerous drugs
  • Possessing the equipment or the chemicals used for producing these kind of drugs
  • Obtaining the administration of such a drug by fraud

Whether you are a first-time offender or not, a criminal defense attorney can explore all your legal options with you. At the Law Offices of Richard Bock, we draw on our more than 38 years of experience to protect your rights and ensure you the best possible outcome in your case.

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