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Phoenix AZ Drug Charges

If you were arrested on drug charges Phoenix AZ, you were likely charged with multiple offenses. A majority of drug convictions involve multiple charges. For example, a Marijuana possession charge may also be coupled with Marijuana paraphernalia possession charge. Drug crime convictions may expose you to a wide range of sentencing. Sentencing for drug charges in Arizona depends upon the type and classification of the drug charges; the quantity of the drugs involved; first offense verses repeat offense; single verses multiple offenses; and whether or not they include mitigated or aggravated circumstances. Most drug charges are classified as felonies in Arizona that may result in harsh penalties including serving time in prison; large fines, and other harsh penalties.

Arizona Drug Sentencing Chart

The Arizona sentencing chart has separate categories that apply to the following:

  1. Multiple Drug Offenses;
  2. Personal Possession & Use of Drugs; and
  3. Non-Multiple Drug Offenses – Note: The General Sentencing Chart applies.
    1. Multiple drug charge sentences: (Most involve multiple drug charges.)
      1. For drug charges involving quantities Below AZ Statutory Threshold Amounts A.R.S.13-3419 (A)(1),(2):
        • Second drug offense:
          • Class 2 - 3.0 to 12.5 years prison
          • Class 3 - 1.8 to 8.7 years prison
          • Class 4 - 1.1 to 3.7 years prison
          • Class 5 - 0.5 to 2.5 years prison
        • Three or more:
          • Class 2 - 4.0 to 12.5 years prison
          • Class 3 - 1.8 to 8.7 years prison
          • Class 4 - 1.1 to 3.7 years prison
          • Class 5 - 0.5 to 2.5 years prison
      2. For drug offenses involving quantities that Equal or Exceed Statutory Threshold Amounts A.R.S. 3419 (A)(3),(4):
        • Second drug offenses:
          • Class 2 - 3.0 to 12.5 years prison
          • Class 3 - 1.8 to 8.7 years prison
          • Class 4 - 1.1 to 3.7 years prison
          • Class 5 - 0.5 to 2.5 years prison
        • Three or more:
          • Class 2 - 4.0 to 15 years prison
          • Class 3 - 2.5 to 11.2 years prison
          • Class 4 - 1.5 to 6.2 years prison
          • Class 5 - 0.75 to 5.0 years prison
      3. Monetary Fines for felony drug charges can be order up to $150,000 per criminal charge per person; and as high as $1,000,000 per charge for enterprises, depending on the nature and severity of the drug charges.
    2. Personal Possession & Use of Drugs – A.R.S. 13-901.1
      • Probation is required convictions of controlled substance or drug paraphernalia possession or use unless the person is also convicted of a violent offense as defined under A.R.S. 36-2501.
      • Incarceration may not be imposed as an initial condition of probation for first time offenders.
      • A person convicted of violating probation due to committing any offense listed in A.R.S. 13-34 or 13-34.1 or if they are in violation of a court ordered drug treatment plan, the person may be incarcerated upon reinstatement of probation.
      • As a mandatory condition of probation, a person will be required to complete a court ordered drug education, counseling or treatment plan, at their own expense.
      • A person convicted of a second drug crime may be incarcerated as a condition of probation.
    3. AZ General Criminal Sentencing Chart – applies to single drug offense convictions. These sentencing range citations apply to non-multiple drug offense sentencing ranges. (They also apply to both first offense, and repeat offenses):
      • Non-Dangerous Offenses – A.R.S. 13-702 (D)
      • Non-Dangerous Offenses – Repeat Offenses – A.R.S. 13-703 (H),(I),(J) *
      • Dangerous Offenses – A.R.S. 13-704 (A), (B),(D),(C),(E) *
      • Dangerous Offenses – Repeat Offender - A.R.S. 13-704 (f) *
      • Dangerous Crimes Against Children - A.R.S. 13-705 *
      • “Serious”, “Violent”, or “Aggravated Offenses” - A.R.S. 13-706 *
      • Misdemeanor Penalties - A.R.S. 13-707, 13-802, 13-803 *
      • Offenses Committed While Released from Confinement – A.R.S 13-708 (A),(B),(C),(D)*
      • Special Sentencing Provisions – A.R.S. 13-709, 13-709.02 *
      • Sexual Assault – A.R.S. 13-406 *
      • Felony Fines A.R.S. 13-801, 13-803 *
      • Misdemeanor Penalties A.R.S. 13-707, 13-802 *
      • Other Sentencing Provisions *
      • Probation Ranges – A.R.S. 13-902 *
      • Probation Earned Time Credit A.R.S. 13-924 *

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Drug Charges in Phoenix AZ

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