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Arizona drug charges: Possession of prescription drugs

Like many in Maricopa County, you are likely aware that Arizona has laws prohibiting the possession and use of drugs and narcotics. What you may not realize, however, is that state law also prohibits the use of prescription drugs in certain cases. At the Baker Law Firm, LLC, we are often asked about criminal charges resulting from prescription medications. In this post, we will discuss possession of a controlled substance charges as they relate to these types of drugs.

Unless you have a valid prescription, knowingly having these types of prescription-only medications in your possession could result in a serious drug charge. Arizona state law’s definition of prescription drugs includes the following:

  •        Drugs that are required to bear a caution label under federal law
  •        Any medication that is deemed unsafe for use, except under the supervision of a health care provider
  •        Potentially harmful drugs, which do not have full directions for use on their labels
  •        Medications, which are limited by approved new drug applications to only be used under the control of a medical professional

Narcotic medications and other dangerous drugs, including Oxycodone and Percocet, do not fall under this category. Instead, these types of medications are classified under a different schedule of controlled substances for the purposes of drug possession charges.

In the state of Arizona, possession of a prescription drug is a class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted of this offense, you could face a fine of up to $1,000. Furthermore, you could be sentenced to up to six months in jail. These penalties could be levied each on their own, or together.

For more information about drug possession charges, please visit our drug crimes page. 

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