Just as possession of controlled substances is illegal in the United States, so is the distribution of such drugs. In the Arizona Revised Statutes (2011) §13-3401, distribution is defined under "dispense" and means "to distribute, leave with, give away, dispose of or deliver a controlled substance." Penalties for this offense change depending on the type of drug and the amount in question. Basic prison sentences for each drug are as follows:

  • Peyote (§13-3402) - 6 months to 1.5 years in prison
  • Marijuana (§13-3405) - 6 months to 3 years in prison, depending on the amount or marijuana being distributed
  • Prescription drugs (§13-3406) - 6 months in prison
  • Dangerous drugs (§13-3407) - 1.5 to 3 years in prison
  • Narcotic drugs (§13-3408) - 1.5 to 3 years in prison


Although most charges of drug distribution are deserved, there are still many instances where a person is wrongfully accused of the offense. If you have been arrested for distributing drugs, there could be a defense strategy available to you. In order for a person to be convicted of a drug crime, it must be proven that the drug was theirs, that it was in their possession or that they were knowingly assisting in the distribution of the substance. Need a lawyer for drug charges in Phoenix? An excellent Phoenix drug lawyer could review your situation and tell you whether or not you have a case for defense.

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