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Are There Different Types of Drug Possession Cases?

Thursday / March 31, 2016

Like all states, Arizona regulates the possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The State takes it a step further by differentiating between the type of drug category (dangerous vs. narcotic, for example) and whether or not you are a repeat offender.  A good Arizona drug possession attorney will be able to help you determine what class felony your charge will fall under, what your defense options are, and what you can do to reduce sentencing options.


Here are a few of the different types of Arizona drug possession cases and typical punishments for a conviction.




The punishment for marijuana is dependent on the amount of drugs in your possession. Less than 2 pounds is considered a Class 6 felony and can come with up to two years in prison and a fine of $150,000. More than 2 pounds, but less than four, moves you into a Class 5 felony where you can be charged with six months more of prison time and the same hefty fine. Having over 4 pounds in your possession is a Class 4 felony and can come with up to 3 3/4 years in prison and the same large fine of $150,000.




The punishment for narcotics is going to be considered a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 3 3/4 years in prison and quite possibly a fine up to $2,000.




The punishment for use of a “dangerous” drug (hallucinogenics, stimulants, depressants, etc.) is considered a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 3 3/4 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.




The punishment for possession of drug paraphernalia (any object used to store, conceal, or use an illegal drug) is considered a Class 6 felony and is punishable by up to 2 years in prison.




Having a good Arizona drug possession attorney can help you navigate the murky waters of Arizona drug laws, especially if you’re a repeat offender. As I mentioned earlier, these types of cases can escalate quickly.


If you’ve never been convicted of a drug crime before, you might be able to stay out of prison depending on a number of factors as well as your drug crime defense strategy. Please contact me, Kyle T. Green, Arizona drug possession attorney, today for a free consultation to find out if it’s possible to keep you out of prison and to keep the drug crime off of your record. Having an experienced attorney by your side can have a huge impact on the severity of your sentence.


Reach me immediately at 480-331-7568.

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