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Drug Charges Archives

Arizona drug charges: Possession of a dangerous drug

Drug offenses are considered serious offenses in the state of Arizona, and are often aggressively prosecuted. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, there were more than 25,000 drug possession arrests in 2012 alone. Those who are found in possession of dangerous drugs, or other illegal substances, could face serious penalties if they are convicted.

Medical marijuana complicates probable cause in Arizona searches

Law enforcement must have probable cause for a search according to the Fourth Amendment. In the past, if an Arizona police officer smelled marijuana, a search was considered permissible. The fact that marijuana possession is against the law makes determining immunity granted by the medical marijuana law complex when it comes to the viability of law enforcement searches and citizens’ rights to privacy.

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.

Four men charged with conspiring to import pot, other drug crimes

Over the years, law enforcement has taken steps to crack down on the drug trafficking that occurs between Arizona and Mexico. This includes implementing measures to try to seize the drugs. If believed to be involved in drug importation and relating activities, people could face serious charges with significant penalties.

Driving while high can get you arrested

Marijuana laws in many states throughout the country are changing. Some states are allowing the use of recreational marijuana, in addition to medicinal marijuana, under certain restrictions. However, the laws surrounding cannabis usage are still quite strict in Arizona. Many people state that pot is a harmless drug; whatever their opinions are on the subject, those who are caught smoking marijuana or possessing drug paraphernalia in Phoenix face serious penalties.

Officers’ mistake leads to wrongful imprisonment

The Arizona justice system is meant to presume innocence until guilt is proven. However, there are some situations in which officers’ assumptions may come into play. In some cases, these presumptions may lead to unsubstantiated arrests. Depending on the situation, this may lead to unwarranted jail time or even wrongful convictions.

Erratic driving leads to seizure of 11 pounds of meth

Sometimes a relatively small legal infraction can lead to the search of a person’s clothing or vehicle. When Arizona law enforcement officers discover illegal substances or drug paraphernalia through such searches, felony charges and substantial prison sentences may result. 

Death sentence may be overturned by new evidence

Arizona residents who find themselves accused of criminal charges can sometimes feel there is no hope for a successful defense. It is important for all persons to remember that a defense is their right under the law and that even includes the appeal process. This is the case regardless of the nature of the alleged offenses including theft, murder, drug crimes and more.

What are Arizona’s laws regarding drugs and school zones?

People who are charged with alleged drug crimes can be subject to serious penalties if convicted. It is important to understand Arizona’s laws regarding these allegations and convictions for anyone who finds themselves in such a situation. Many of the laws are specific to individual substances as well as to circumstances. One example is the set of laws surrounding drugs and what are called drug-free school zones.

What are Arizona’s penalties for drug crimes involving marijuana?

Every type of drug crime is considered unique in Arizona and therefore carries with it a unique set of potential penalties. The possession, sale, production and importing of marijuana for recreational use are all prohibited in Arizona. The criminal classification for each of these acts varies and some offer options for alternatives to jail or prison while some do not.