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Have You Been Arrested For a Drug Offense in Arizona?

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Jun 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

 

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Whether you are charged with Possession, Transportation, Conspiracy or Sales,  Drug Crimes are serious criminal offenses in Arizona. Depending on the offense, charges can be filed as misdemeanors or felonies. Despite calls for treatment, Prosecutors are very aggressive and seek the harshest penalties possible.  Oftentimes, your best option is to fight the charge. Other times, a plea deal may be most beneficial. Regardless of what the best outcome is, you need an experienced attorney to help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

Attorney Raymond Kimble  always works to ensure his  clients get the best outcome possible in their unique situation. If you have questions about your specific drug crimes case or want to know how I can defend you, contact us at (480) 833-8613 to schedule a Free Consultation

Understanding Drug Crimes in Arizona

Drug crimes refer to a broad category of acts involving illegal drugs. They include the use, possession, manufacturing, and distribution of unlawful controlled substances as well as unauthorized prescriptions and drug paraphernalia.

Common Prescription Drugs involved in Drug Crimes

Prescription drugs are legal only when lawfully prescribed, possessed and used. Law Enforcement within Maricopa County pays particular attention to prescription drugs which are highly susceptible to abuse. These might include:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Phenobarbital (Luminal)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall)

Common Drug Paraphernalia involved in Drug Crimes

Drug paraphernalia is generally defined as items which can be used to store, package or ingest an illegal drug. Examples of things which may be characterized as paraphernalia include: 

  • rolling paper
  • roach clips
  • syringes, needs, or small spoons
  • bongs and hookahs
  • tin foil
  • straws or paper tubes
  • razorblades 

Possession

It is illegal to possess a controlled substance. This also includes prescriptions without authorization and drug paraphernalia.

Manufacturing

You can be charged with various offenses for participating in any step of the production of an illegal drug. This includes the creation of a synthetic drug, such as amphetamines, or the extraction of a naturally occurring drug, for example, cannabis. 

Trafficking

It is against the law to sell, transport, or import a controlled substance. Trafficking is one of the most serious drug crimes, resulting in potentially harsh penalties including probation, jail or prison.

Understanding Drug Crimes Classifications

Controlled substances are classified by the federal government into five classes. These classes are organized according to the drug's potential for abuse in relation to  its potential medical use.

  • Class 1: These drugs have no medical benefits but a high potential for abuse. These are no safe methods of use even if supervised by a medical professional. Examples include heroin, hallucinogens (like LSD), and even marijuana even though marijuana is legal for recreational and/or medical purposes in many states. 
  • Class 2: These drugs have some medical use but a high potential for abuse and addiction. Examples include morphine and other stimulants and painkillers. This category also includes cocaine.
  • Class 3: These drugs also have some medical use but the potential for abuse and addiction is lower. Examples include anabolic steroids, ketamine, and painkillers that combine opiates with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Class 4: These drugs have significant medical use and low potential for abuse and addiction. Examples include barbiturates like Phenobarbital and sedatives like Valium and Xanax.
  • Class 5: These drugs also have significant medical use and lower risk of abuse or addiction. Examples include cough syrup, anti-diarrheal drugs, and other household drugs.

Each state may classify controlled substances according to its own specific categories and laws. You always want to speak to a drug crimes defense lawyer to know what applies in your case.

Penalties for Drug Crime Convictions in Arizona

A range of penalties is available to the court when sentencing drug offenders, including:

  • Fines
  • Probation or community supervision
  • Court-ordered drug counseling sessions or rehabilitation
  • Community service
  • Incarceration, including jail or imprisonment

When sentencing for a drug crime, the court usually takes into account:

  • The type and amount of drugs involved
  • Whether possession was for personal use or distribution
  • The offender's previous convictions, especially for drug offenses

There are also mandatory minimum sentences attached to some drug offenses or for repeat offenders. 

Why Fight a Drug Crime Allegation in Arizona?

A conviction for a drug offense can have serious, long-lasting consequences. 

Aside from any penalty you receive, a conviction for a drug offense usually stays on your criminal history for the rest of your life. This can negatively impact your ability to find work, maintain personal relationships, hold a driver's license, secure a loan, enlist in the military, or own a gun. 

For these reasons, you should immediately contact the Law Office of Raymond Kimble if you've been arrested for possession, sales or transportation of drugs.

How a Drug Crime Defense Attorney in Scottsdale Can Help

Even minor drug offenses can attract harsh penalties and affect your future. The law around drug offenses is complex. Moreover, there are many issues which must be investigated. Consequently, it's important to find a defense lawyer who regularly defends people who have been accused of drug offenses. 

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer: (480) 833-8613

If you have been charged with a drug possession crime , it is vital that you contact a highly skilled criminal lawyer immediately. Phoenix drug possession lawyer Raymond Kimble will recognize available defenses and has been defending people charged with drug possession offenses for many years. Mr. Kimble knows how to prepare a solid assault defense, challenge the prosecution's evidence and negotiate a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

With a seasoned Tempe criminal defense lawyer on your case, you will have your rights protected as your attorney fights to secure a favorable outcome on your behalf. Attorney Raymond Kimble has successfully represented hundreds of individuals throughout Arizona over the last twenty years who have been charged with drug possession offenses.

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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.

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