3 Things You Should Know About Arizona Drug Charges

If you or a loved one is facing drug crime charges in Arizona, contact Ariano & Reppucci today. Our dedicated defense lawyers will aggressively defend you against drug charges. Whether you have been charged with possession, manufacturing, trafficking, or another drug crime, our Phoenix drug crime attorneys can help. Read below for three important things you need to know about drug charges in Arizona. Then, contact our firm to schedule a consultation.

You Have Rights

When dealing with criminal charges, you have legal rights that must be protected. The law creates certain rights that protect you before, during, and after arrest. For example, the police cannot search you or your property without cause or warrant. They also must have cause or a warrant to seize your property. In some case, the police illegally perform searches and seizures, which then turn up evidence against the defendant. When police misconduct leads to evidence, that evidence can be excluded from trial. However, the legal system is complicated, and every case is unique and fact-specific. This means that in order to protect your rights and yourself, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Ariano & Reppucci, our drug defense attorneys will advocate for you in court. We will closely investigate the circumstances of your arrest, and utilize the law to defend you.

Drug Convictions and Criminal Penalties

If convicted on drug charges, you could face serious legal consequences. Arizona law is hard on drug crimes, and allows for harsh penalties upon conviction. The specific penalties a convicted criminal defendant could face depend on the type and amount of the drug involved in the case. For example, possessing less than two pounds of marijuana may lead to a prison sentence of six months or more upon conviction. On the other hand, possessing less than one gram of heroin could result in a prison term between 2 ½ and 5 years upon conviction.

The potential penalties in any case will depend on the facts and circumstances involved. Some potential penalties for common drug crimes, such as simple possession, may include:

  • Steep fines;
  • Mandatory minimum prison sentences;
  • Probation;
  • Drug counseling;
  • Rehabilitation programs;
  • Community service; and
  • Permanent criminal record.

Besides the immediate consequences, a drug conviction can negatively impact your future. A conviction could limit your educational opportunities, current or future employment, and even your housing applications.

Your Best Step Is Hiring an Experienced Defense Lawyer

After being arrested, it is essential to hire an attorney with experience protecting and defending clients. With so much at stake, you will need the help of a skilled criminal lawyer. At Ariano & Reppucci, our Phoenix drug crime lawyers have successfully defended many clients against drug charges. Our attorneys are accessible to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will work hard to solve your legal problems. Contact us to discuss your case with an experienced attorney immediately.