Arizona Drug Possession Penalties

Arizona Drug Possession Penalties

Posted By Salvador Law Group || Sep 12, 2019

Drug possession is a serious crime in the state of Arizona. A drug possession conviction carries heavy penalties including fines and jail time. Get the facts on Arizona drug possession charges and penalties so you know how to defend your rights.

Arizona Drug Possession Laws

Arizona law dictates that it is illegal for a person to possess or be under the influence of illegal drugs. If you are discovered with illegal drugs on or near you, you will likely be charged with felony drug possession.

Arizona divides illegal drugs, also known as controlled dangerous substances, into six categories: marijuana, peyote, prescription drugs, dangerous drugs, narcotic drugs, and substances that emit toxic vapors.

Being caught with an amount of a controlled dangerous substance that exceeds the “threshold level” may carry harsher penalties, as it can be assumed that you intended to sell the substance. Arizona law defines the “threshold level” as a weight or market value of an unlawful substance as follows:

  • One gram of heroin

  • Nine grams of cocaine

  • Four grams of PCP

  • Nine grams of methamphetamine

  • Nine grams of amphetamine

  • Two pounds of marijuana

Being caught in possession of controlled dangerous substances of this quantity may lead to strict penalties including a minimum $2,000 fine and up to 0-15 years in prison, depending on the amount of the substance in your possession and your assumed intent with the substance.

If you’re facing a drug possession or drug trafficking charge in Arizona, our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys are here to defend your rights. We understand that no two criminal cases are exactly alike, which is why we provide a personalized approach to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Contact Salvador Law Group at (602) 842-6222 to learn how we can help you.

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