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Drug Sentencing Guidelines

In Arizona, drug possession laws are serious, and criminal charges are prosecuted with a heavy hand. Simple possession isn’t as big a deal or as penalized as trafficking offenses but they are serious nonetheless. You could be facing prison time, not to mention a permanent criminal record and tarnished reputation for something as simple as possession of a small amount of cocaine or oxycodone not authorized to you. When the odds are stacked against you, you need Attorney Ed Matchett who knows the Arizona Court System and any available opportunities for sentencing alternatives.

Below you’ll find The Arizona Sentencing Guidelines. However, to determine exactly what sort of consequences you are facing for your particular case and circumstances, it is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that you contact Ed Matchett, Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney TODAY!.

Types of Controlled Substances

The law in Arizona recognizes six categories of controlled substances, each carrying its own penalties:

  • Marijuana
  • Substances that emit toxic vapors
  • Peyote
  • Drugs requiring a prescription
  • Dangerous drugs (for example, LSD, mescaline, ecstasy, methamphetamines, steroids, mushrooms containing psilocybin, GHB)
  • Narcotics

Categories of Arizona Drug Charges

Drug-related charges depend on the amount of the controlled substance and its use (or intended use), including:

  • Possession;
  • Possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute;
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Cultivation of drugs;
  • Manufacturing of controlled substances;
  • Drug trafficking, transportation, and distribution;
  • Driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Arizona Drug Sentencing Guidelines A.R.S. 13-701

Here are some factors the court may consider (list is not all inclusive) when determine:

  1. First time offense A.R.S. 13-702;
  2. Repeat offense A.R.S. 13-703;
  3. The quantity of illegal drugs or substance found in your possession; Refer to "Threshold Amount" A.R.S. 13-3401.36;
  4. Drug classification A.R.S. 13-3401;
    The purpose of having the drug in your possession such as personal use, intent to sell, or distribute based on a certain statutory Threshold Amount A.R.S. 13-3401.36;
  5. Prior criminal record, mitigated, or aggravating factors A.R.S. 13-701;
  6. Drug crime classified as a "Dangerous" offense" A.R.S. 13-704;
  7. Drug crimes involving "Serious, violent or aggravated" offenses A.R.S. 13-706;
  8. Additional criminal charges in connection with the drug possession A.R.S. 13-701

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