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Narcotics and dangerous drugs are treated differently under Arizona law than marijuana.  The fines and penalties for possession of these drugs tend to be more severe than possession of pot for personal consumption.  Almost any amount of a dangerous drug or narcotic can result in very heavy fines and relatively long jail sentences.  It is important that you have the best possible legal representation if you are charged with one of these crimes.  Alex Lane is ready to discuss your case with you and help you understand your options for defending yourself from these serious charges.

Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics

Arizona designates drug charges into one of three classifications:  marijuana, which carries relatively light penalties; dangerous drugs, which can be a felony charge; and narcotics, which can also carry serious penalties.

Dangerous drugs are basically all drugs besides marijuana and narcotics that are considered dangerous.  This includes a wide variety of substances such as:

  • Methamphetamines
  • LSD
  • Steroids
  • Mushrooms
  • Mescalin
  • Ecstacy
  • Clonazepam
  • GHB

The least serious charge possible in possession of dangerous drugs is a Class 1 misdemeanor.  Even though this charge is only a misdemeanor, it still carries a possible penalty of up to six months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Possession of narcotics includes all substances considered narcotics such as:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroine
  • Oxycodone and codeine-based drugs
  • Morphine
  • Opium

Possession of a narcotic is usually an automatic Class 5 felony that carries a potential 18-month prison sentence in addition to heavy fines.

Depending on the circumstances, a person who is arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous drug or a narcotic substance may be able to work out a plea agreement whereby the charges are reduced or dropped.  This is often done in exchange for testimony or other actions on the part of the accused person.  It is wise to consult a criminal defense attorney before agreeing to any plea arrangement.  Sometimes it is not necessary to plead to any charges if the state’s case is weak or the prosecutor will agree to dismiss the charges without a plea.

Alex Lane is an Arizona attorney who represents those who have been charged with all types of drug crimes.  Contact Alex Lane’s office today for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how you can fight drug charges, no matter how serious these charges may seem to be.


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