Drug Crimes Lawyer in Chandler
Defending Against Drug Charges in AZ
The defenses for drug crime cases are often complex. Your entire case could be won or lost depending on whether a viable motion to suppress the drug evidence is filed and litigated in your case. Alternatively, a motion to dismiss can be filed in your case if the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to prove that you actually or constructively possessed the controlled substance.
Many details factor in when facing drug charges. These may include the location you were when you were arrested (for example, at home vs. in your vehicle), the quantity of drugs that were found in your possession, the type of drug and whether or not you had a cell-phone at the moment of the arrest. Having a dedicated Chandler drug crimes attorney on your side can make all the difference in upholding your rights.
Arizona has some of the toughest drug laws in the country, and violators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The arresting officers are trained to find more charges, which can be added to your record.
Penalties for Drug Crimes in Arizona
Chapter 7 of Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes details sentencing for felony offenses.
First-time felony offense sentencing:
- Class 2 – Minimum 4 years, Maximum 10 years
- Class 3 – Minimum 2.5 years, Maximum 7 years
- Class 4 – Minimum 1.5 years, Maximum 3 years
- Class 5 – Minimum .75 years, Maximum 2 years
- Class 6 – Minimum .5 years, Maximum 1.5 years
There are three categories of repeat felony offenders: category one, category two, and category three. Offenders classified in category three receive the most severe sentences.
Repeat felony offender sentencing (two or more separate felonies):
- Class 2 – Minimum 14 years, Maximum 28 years
- Class 3 – Minimum 10 years, Maximum 20 years
- Class 4 – Minimum 8 years, Maximum 12 years
- Class 5 – Minimum 4 years, Maximum 6 years
- Class 6 – Minimum 3 years, Maximum 4.5 years
There are different sentencing requirements for violent and dangerous felony offenders. Many felony drug crimes in Arizona have strict mandatory minimum sentences, especially for those who have previously been convicted of a similar offense.
Types of Misdemeanor & Felony Drug Offenses
Arizona aggressively prosecutes drug crimes and a conviction on your record can have a serious impact on your future.
Our team can handle a wide variety of drug charges, including:
- Drug distribution
- Drug trafficking
- Possession for sale
- Drug possession
- Prescription fraud
- Drug paraphernalia
- Manufacturing / cultivation
We defend clients charged with possession of cocaine, crack, meth, marijuana, heroin, narcotics and other drugs, including prescription drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone), and drug paraphernalia.
We are Available 24/7
If you are facing charges for a drug offense, do not face these accusations on your own. The Chandler drug crime attorney at Villanueva Skura Attorneys at Law are here to represent your rights and protect your future.
Call us today at 480-923-9001 to schedule your free consultation we are available 24/7.