If you have been arrested for drug possession in Glendale and need an experienced criminal lawyer in Arizona, look no further than the team at Divelbiss Criminal Law. We will work with you to find the most effective way to navigate your criminal charges, and work towards the best possible outcome. Having an experienced defense attorney representing you in the Arizona court system is extremely helpful, and may ultimately make a major difference in the charges you are facing versus the final verdict of your case.
There are a variety of charges and associated penalties that can come with an Arizona drug charge, which we will touch on briefly below. Contact us immediately to get the representation you deserve for your case. Under the “contact us” tab on the website, you can schedule an appointment, or request a free consultation. During your consultation, we will be able to discuss your charges, the circumstances of your arrest, your criminal history, and identify possible options for navigating your court case.
Read more below about Arizona drug law, and contact us today to begin building your defense.
Arizona Drug Charges and Penalties
Possession of any dangerous drug is automatically considered at least a Class 4 Felony in Arizona, but with the right representation, you may be able to negotiate down to a lower charge. In some cases, a lawyer can get your felony dropped to a misdemeanor.
A misdemeanor is considered to be a “lesser” crime, and therefore has less serious penalties associated with it. However, a misdemeanor on your record can lead to future issues with employment, housing, or navigating future charges if you were to be back in court at a later date with a different case.
It is important to understand that any Arizona drug charge starts as a felony under Arizona law (A.R.S. §13-3405). The only time that you are allowed to be in possession of marijuana is if you are a licensed medical marijuana user, and then you are only allowed to be in possession of 2.5 ounces.
Class 4 felonies come with maximum penalties of years in prison, years of probation, and up to thousands of dollars in fines and fees, meaning that being found guilty of possession of any drug in Arizona can ruin your life forever. We will work with you to determine the most appropriate course of action for your case to pursue minimum sentencing penalties, and seek the best possible outcome for you.
Things That Affect Your Drug Possession Charges
There are many things that go into determining the extent of your charges and the severity of your punishments. Below are a few things that are immediately explored by a judge:
- Amount of the substance(s)
- Schedule of the substance
- Determining if you were in possession for distribution, use, or manufacturing of the substance
- Your criminal history
- The evidence against you
When you are working with the team at Divelbiss Criminal Law, you can be confident that we will investigate each of these factors to determine what direction we will take in your case. When we are certain that we understand each detail of your charge, we will be able to move forward confidently towards the best outcome possible.
What To Do During a Drug Possession Arrest
The most important thing to do during an arrest is to remain calm and respectful. If you do this, you are hopefully avoiding the risk of additional charges that could stem from resisting arrest or obstruction, and these charges will not help your case.
Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, and we will have the opportunity to defend you in court once the arrest is processed and you are given a court date. Request that the court sets your bail during your arraignment, and if you are allowed bail and able to pay it, post it and start working with your attorney immediately. If you are unable to pay your bail or are not granted bail, have a family member contact us so that we can begin working towards getting you a misdemeanor sentence.