Contrary to what many people think, drug trafficking does not mean that drugs have crossed a particular line like a border crossing or state line. You can be charged and convicted of drug trafficking if you manufacture, transport, sell, or distribute illegal drugs.
Drug trafficking is a felony, and a more serious crime that just drug possession. Although, if you are found in possession you can be charged with trafficking if police believe you intended to sell or are found with a large amount of drugs. This is true even if you didn’t manufacture, buy, sell, or transport those drugs.
Laws relating to drug trafficking usually come with very harsh penalties, so if you or someone you love is facing drug trafficking charges, make sure you seek assistance from an experienced Drug Crimes Attorney as soon as possible.
Drug Trafficking Penalties
Like all Arizona felony charges, felonies carry harsh consequences including:
- Prison – even for first time offenders can be 10 years or more
- Fines – can commonly be $25,000 to $100,000 or more on the state level, federal charges can exceed $10 million
- Probation – typically only as part of a plea bargain, and the person must meet specific conditions ordered by the court such as being monitored by a probation officer, random drug testing and not breaking any other laws
- Mandatory minimum sentences – means a person convicted must serve a specific amount of time in prison and cannot be released on parole until that time has passed
Tempe Drug Crimes Attorney Kyle T. Green
If you, or someone you love, has been charged with a crime involving drugs including trafficking, you need to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable Tempe drug crimes attorney. Whether your charge involves marijuana, methamphetamine, narcotics, cocaine, crack or prescription drugs, I can help. Call 480-331-7568 and take advantage of my complimentary case review today and put my experience as a former prosecutor and Tempe drug crimes attorney to work for you.