Penalties for Drug Possession Charges in Phoenix, AZ

Drug possession laws in the state of Arizona are strict. Drugs are split up into different classifications and the penalties vary accordingly. There are six different groups, including:

  1. Peyote
  2. Substances that emit toxic vapors
  3. Marijuana
  4. Prescription drugs
  5. Dangerous drugs
  6. Narcotic drugs

For more information about this breakdown, take a look at the Arizona Code Sections 13.3401-13.3422. The penalties vary between felonies and misdemeanors. Possession of peyote; for example, is a Class 6 felony which holds penalties including four months to two years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.

For the category of drugs that emit toxic vapors, the defendant can be charged with a Class 5 felony punishable by between six months and 2.5 years in jail and up to $150,000 in fines. Possession of marijuana penalties vary depending on the amount in possession, the breakdown follows these guidelines:

Less than two pounds of marijuana:

  • Charged as a Class 6 felony
  • Punishable by a prison sentence between four months and 2 years and $150,000 in fines

Between two pounds and four pounds:

  • Charged as a Class 5 felony
  • Punishable by between six months and 2.5 years in jail and up to $150,000 in fines

More than four pounds:

  • Charged as a Class 4 felony
  • Punishable by between one and 3.75 years in jail and up to $150,000 in fines

An offense for possession of prescription-only drugs is charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of dangerous drugs and possession of narcotic drugs is generally charged as a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by between one and 3.75 years in jail plus fines. Any of these penalties may be enhanced if the offense was committed near a school or if the defendant is a habitual offender. If you are facing any type of drug charge, contact MayesTelles PLLC and speak with a Phoenix drug possession attorney right away.


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