Drug Crimes Lawyers in Mesa
Protecting Your Future in the State of Arizona
According to recent data from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Maricopa County law enforcement arrested more than 20,000 people in 2017, mostly for drug crimes. Drug crime arrests in Arizona come with serious consequences, especially if the charges result in convictions. Prosecutors can charge defendants with numerous different offenses, depending on the drugs involved, the amount, and the defendant’s actions.
Dealing with drug charges requires the assistance of a team of experienced criminal defense lawyers that know the laws and understand how to navigate the state’s criminal court system. If you were arrested for a drug crime in Mesa, contact the skilled litigators at McPhie Law. We have handled well over a thousand cases, and know what it takes to get the results our clients require.
Types of Drug Crimes in Mesa
Under Arizona law, examples of drug violations include:
- Production of controlled substances and associated devices
- Distribution of controlled substances and associated devices
- Use of controlled substances and associated devices
- Cultivation of a controlled drug or narcotic
- Manufacturing of a controlled drug or narcotic
- Distribution of a controlled drug or narcotic
- Purchase or sale of a controlled drug or narcotic
- Use or possession of a controlled drug or narcotic
- Transportation or importation of a controlled drug or narcotic substance
Drug Crime Penalties in Arizona
The penalties associated with drug crimes vary greatly depending on various factors, but may include jail time, fines, probation, mandatory treatment, and more.
Arizona law categorizes some drug crimes as felonies, and others as misdemeanors, each with separate classes of severity. Felonies are divided into six classes, and misdemeanors are divided into three, with Class 1 being the most serious for both. Sentencing can vary widely depending on the specific circumstances surrounding the charge(s). Although there are exceptions, Arizona law generally punishes trafficking drugs more severely than selling them, and use or possession charges usually result in the lightest sentences.
Possible Defenses against Drug Charges
Skilled criminal defense attorneys who have experience navigating Arizona’s laws regarding controlled substances, can develop a strong defense strategy based on the individual circumstances of your case.
Depending on the nature of your charges, we have a variety of tactics we could employ in your defense, including:
- Insufficient evidence to prove you are guilty
- Unlawful search and seizure of your property
- Police entrapment
- Constitutional violations
- Law enforcement failed to follow proper procedure
- Lack of knowledge of drug possession, whether at home or in a vehicle
- Shared living space with others who had drugs
- No knowledge that your passenger had illegal substances
Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Charges
Being arrested can be a blur. We have provided some answers to common questions we hear from our clients, and they could help you feel more confident about your situation.
If I am charged with a drug crime, will I automatically go to jail?
No. There are many different strategies you can use instead of serving a jail sentence. Some of these could include payment of fines, community service, probation, or completing a drug rehabilitation program. Your attorney can work with you to plan an effective strategy for your needs.
Why am I being arrested for drugs when I have a prescription for them?
Arizona can be tough when it comes to its drug laws. While a substance may have been legal elsewhere in the country, it may not be legal here. However, your abidance with the law could be helpful in proving your innocence. Building the right case will depend on getting the right legal help.
Is it fair for police to arrest me even if their search was unlawful?
While it may not be lawful for police to arrest you under such circumstances, they could still do it and leave you to face the charges. However, arguing your rights under the Fourth Amendment has been an effective strategy to prove the innocence of many clients, and we may be successful in helping you prove the search was unlawful.
Call McPhie Law Today
If you were arrested and charged with a drug crime, you need a criminal defense firm to guide you through the court process and protect your rights. At McPhie Law, we regularly represent criminal defendants in courts throughout Arizona.
In addition to guiding you through your arrest and release, our Mesa drug crime lawyers can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and seek the best possible outcome given your circumstances.
Call (480) 771-7977 today to schedule your free consultation.