Marijuana Laws in Phoenix
Phoenix Lawyer Defending Marijuana Offenses
Arizona is a major "gateway" state for marijuana moving into
the USA from Mexico. There are a variety of means of transportation bringing
the substance into the state including trucks, cars, and planes and by
shipping and mail. The drug is also cultivated in the state in houses
or other facilities that are set up with special hydroponic growing systems.
This is one of the most commonly used drugs in the state, and even grade
school students have been found to be users. Arizona lawmakers, with the
vote of the people, have passed Proposition 200 which treats marijuana
drug possession charges differently if you are found to have a small amount of the substance
in your possession. This proposition makes it impossible to incarcerate
an individual for a first or second possession offense. However, it doesn't
mean you walk away easily; you are facing many hours of treatment and
community service, as well as random drug testing. It is vital that you
get legal representation in any such charge, even possession of a small
quantity from a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer.
The penalties for marijuana offenses are based on the amount found. There
is a "threshold" amount of the drug that makes a difference
in the charges against you. For marijuana, the amount is 2 lbs. If you
are found to possess more than 2 lbs of the substance, you will most likely
be charged with a serious felony offense, related to the belief that the
intent was to distribute the drug. The laws are also very severe if any
minors are involved or there is proximity to a school involved. The penalties
are greatly increased if it is determined that trafficking drugs to minors occurred.
Arizona Marijuana Laws
The Arizona statute states: "If the aggregate amount of marijuana
involved in one offense or all of the offenses that are consolidated for
trial is less than the statutory threshold amount, a person who is sentenced
pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 4, 7 or 10 and who is granted probation
by the court shall be ordered by the court that as a condition of probation
the person perform
not less than two hundred forty hours of community restitution with an agency or organization providing counseling, rehabilitation or
treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, an agency or organization that provides
medical treatment to persons who abuse controlled substances, an agency
or organization that serves persons who are victims of crime or any other
appropriate agency or organization."
If you have been arrested and charged with
marijuana possession, cultivation, distribution or transportation, it is crucial that you get
legal representation from a skilled and proven drug offense defense lawyer
from Knowles Law Firm, PLC. The legal team is very familiar with all types
of drug cases, including federal charges, and is known for its proactive
and aggressive approach. You can be assured that your best interests will
be the priority and that every effort to defend your case will be sought.
Contact Knowles Law Firm, PLC today and receive a free consultation regarding your case.