Phoenix Drug Distribution Attorney
Charged with Drug Distribution in Phoenix?
Drug distribution (or
trafficking) offenses are treated harshly in Arizona. While the laws have been changed
to allow those who possess drugs for personal use to have alternatives
to jail time, in the case of offenses that are related to the selling
of drugs, the law comes down hard. Drug distribution offenses are felony
offenses, and the penalties vary depending upon the type of drug and other
factors, such as a prior conviction or if minors were involved. When the
drug distribution charge is related to selling drugs to minors, you can
expect to spend many years in prison if convicted. It is critical to get
legal representation from a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at once if
you have been arrested and charged with this serious felony drug offense.
Narcotic Drugs, Prescriptions & Dangerous Drugs
Drug distribution is broken down further into three different categories:
distribution of narcotic drugs, distribution of prescription-only drugs
and distribution of dangerous drugs.
In the state of Arizona, according to § 13-3408(A)(7) transportation
for sale, importing into the state or offering to transport a narcotic
drug is a class 2 felony offense. If the amount of narcotic drugs being
transported exceeds or meets the statutory threshold amount, then the
individual will not be eligible for suspension, probation or pardon until
they have served the full extent of their sentence.
Unless a person is authorized to transport for sale, import or offer to
transport a prescription-only drug, the individual can be charged with
a class 6 felony. Probation is possible in some cases, but only after
performing at least 240 hours of community restitution.
Transportation for sale, importing into the state or offering to transport
dangerous drugs for sale is considered a class 2 felony in the state of
Arizona per § 13-3407. If the amount of the dangerous drugs exceeds
the statutory limit, then the individual will not be eligible for probation
or suspension of sentence. There are also specific penalties for meth
transportation charges. The minimum penalty for meth transportation is
five years and the maximum is 15 years.
If you were arrested for any of these drug offenses, you're going to
need serious defense. Thankfully, the
Phoenix drug crime lawyers at the firm are experienced in defenses against transportation crimes.
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Attorney Anthony Knowles is a former law enforcement officer and this background
experience can be of strong benefit to any client facing such a charge.
Law enforcement must operate within specific restrictions in any arrest,
search and seizure and other procedures. When these are violated, it creates
an opening for the defense to file court challenges to suppress evidence.
Often overzealous police take shortcuts or in their excitement of the
"bust" violate the rights of the accused. You can be assured
that any such flaw in the case will be fully exploited by a drug distribution
defense lawyer from the firm. Each case will be thoroughly reviewed, seeking
out the errors in the case against you. The firm has long experience in
defending such charges, and takes an aggressive approach to defending
drug distribution charges.
When fighting for your freedom, you want to know that your attorney will
take your case personally and take every possible defense action on your
behalf. At Knowles Law Firm, PLC, the dedicated and talented legal team
fights hard to protect the rights of clients and fight to keep them out
of jail or prison. Each case is unique and in some cases, negotiations
are necessary. The defense lawyer will seek out any defense option in
your case, and will fight hard for your freedom.
Contact us today for a FREE consultation!