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The Consequences of Drug Possession in Arizona

Being charged for possession of drugs is a serious offense. The justice system is not easy to understand and can be stressful. When being faced with these charges, having a knowledgeable attorney can be the difference between freedom and jail.

The drug classifications in Arizona are: dangerous drugs, narcotics and marijuana.

A conviction for any of these can get you heavy fines and jail times.

Dangerous drugs include: LSD, methamphetamines, steroids, ecstasy, mescaline, lorazepam, hallucinogenic mushrooms, GHB and clonazepam

Narcotics are: heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, opium, morphine and more.

Marijuana is also known as weed or pot.

Drug Possession Penalties

Both Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Narcotic Drugs are class 4 felonies. A conviction for either can result in a prison sentence, jail time, and/or fines up to $150,000.00. Possession of Marijuana is a felony in Arizona and the class of felony is dependent on how much marijuana is being possessed. The more marijuana possessed, the higher the felony classification and the more prison time one could be sentenced to in addition to higher fines.

Just being arrested for possession of drugs, without being charged or convicted, can stay on your record making getting a job and other legal matters more difficult. The safest and smartest thing to do is to stay away from drugs and those using or possessing drugs so that you are not accused of being in possession or use of drugs.