Phoenix Imitation Drug Crime Attorney
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
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
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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
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