One of the most common drug crimes is drug possession. In the United States, it is illegal for a person to carry illegal substances on their person or to keep it in any location for personal use, and each state has its own legislature regarding this crime and how it should be penalized.

Possession laws and penalties for the state of Arizona are listed in sections §13-3402 and §13-3403 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (2011), as well as sections §13-3404.01 through §13-3411, respectively. Need an attorney for drug possession in Phoenix?

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Regarding the possession of marijuana, §13-3405 states the following penalties according to the amount of marijuana in possession:

  • Less than two pounds - Class 6 felony
  • More than two but less than four pounds - Class 5 felony
  • More than four pounds - Class 4 felony

Regarding the possession of prescription-only drugs, §13-3406 states that illegal acquisition or possession of a prescription drug is a class 1 misdemeanor. Section 13-3407 states that the possession of dangerous drugs is a class 4 felony. When it comes to narcotic drugs, §13-3408 states that possession will be charged as a class 4 felony, as well. In the state of Arizona, class 1 misdemeanors are penalized by six months imprisonment. Class 4 felonies receive a sentence of 1-3 years for a first offense, and up to 6 or 12 years for subsequent offenses.

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Don't allow yourself to be punished for a crime you did not commit! Facing a Phoenix drug possession charge? There are several defense strategies that a Phoenix drug possession lawyer from MayesTelles PLLC could employ on your behalf. First of all, possession charges can only succeed if it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the drugs were indeed in your possession.

If it cannot be proven that they were yours, the prosecution has no grounds for argument. Also, it must be proven that the drugs in question were in fact illegal. In some marijuana possession cases, a capable attorney could argue for a reduction or dismissal of charges if the defendant is registered for the use of medical marijuana.

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