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Were You Arrested for a Synthetic Drug Crime?

Recently, President Obama signed into law a synthetic drug act that would ban all imitation narcotics, placing them on the same playing field as their organic counterparts such as marijuana and LSD. Synthetic drugs are now included on state and federal controlled substances acts. In Arizona, synthetic drug crimes are included in Chapter 34.1 of the penal code. If arrested, get in touch with a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer from our firm. What exactly is a "counterfeit drug?" According to the statutes, "counterfeit preparation" is preparation that has an appearance which imitates another preparation but that, in fact, is a different preparation. There are three general categories of imitation drugs:

  • Imitation Controlled Substances:
  • Imitation Over-the-Counter Drugs
  • Imitation Prescription-Only Drugs

There are different penalties for crimes involving these three categories of synthetic drugs. Imitation controlled substances are illegal per § 13-3453 of the codes. Manufacturing, distributing or possessing with intent to distribute this type of substance is a class 6 felony. Selling to or administering this type of drug to a minor is a class 5 felony. The same crime involving prescription-only drugs is detailed in § 13-3454 and over-the-counter drug crimes of this nature are detailed in § 13-3455 of the codes. These are both class 6 felonies, and class 5 felonies for crimes involving selling or administering to minors.

Simple Possession of Synthetic Drugs

§ 13-3456-3458 detail the crime of simple possession of a synthetic/imitation substance. You can be charged with possession or possession with intent to use an imitation controlled substance, imitation over-the-counter drug or imitation prescription-only drug. Violation of this statute is a class 2 misdemeanor. While this is the least severe type of synthetic drug crime, it is still serious. A conviction can increase your chances of being charged with an aggravated drug crime offense upon second or subsequent conviction. Any mark on your criminal record can also seriously impede your future opportunities for employment and may even have an effect on your auto insurance rates.

Types of Imitation Drugs

Just about any prescription drug, dangerous drug or narcotic substance can be imitated and used, sold, trafficked, etc. There are some imitation brands that are more popular than others. For example, K2 is an imitation form of cannabis (marijuana). This "designer drug" is made from synthetic chemicals that, when used, give off similar side effects as marijuana. Spice is also a type of synthetic cannabis that is made from chemical-coated herbs. Another popular type of synthetic drug is "bath salts." These are manufactured to give off the same side effects as meth and cocaine because it is made with substitute cathinones. Although some of these designer drugs technically used to be legal, federal regulations and Arizona authorities are cracking down on these crimes and even specifically targeting them.

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Have you been arrested for possession, trafficking, sale or manufacturing of a synthetic drug? Get strong defense on your side. Synthetic drugs have just as severe penalties as crimes involving regular drugs. The good news is that you are innocent until proven guilty. Knowles Law Firm, PLC can build a strong case for your defense so that you do not have to face the consequences of a misdemeanor or felony conviction. To learn more about how this firm could help you, please call today and receive a free evaluation of your case.

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