Drug Sentencing Guidelines

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Arizona Drug Sentencing Guidelines

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Arizona Drug Laws - Sentencing for First Time and Repeat Offenders

Many drug offenses are considered felonies, especially if the charge for a repeat offense. Eligible first time offenders may be eligible for a drug diversion program offered in Phoenix AZ called TASC. The defendant must meet certain qualifications to be allowed into the program. It must be agreed upon by the court, prosecution, and Arizona TASC. If retained, the Law Office of James Novak, will defend your charges. If the charges cannot be dismissed, the next step would be to help clients qualify to be allowed into the diversion program as an alternative to jail or other penalties.

If you are accused of possessing a significant amount of illegal drugs; charged with a felony drug offense; have a prior criminal record; or convicted of a repeat drug crime, you may be exposed to jail or prison sentencing. In such cases, you generally would not be eligible for a drug diversion program. If you are convicted of drug possession charges in Arizona, the penalties will fall within a particular sentencing range, from mitigated (less severe penalties) to aggravated (higher/severe penalties). Depending on the many factors prison terms can range from one year to 20 years or more for a Class 2 felony, large fines and fees; and other harsh penalties.

Arizona Drug Sentencing Guidelines A.R.S. 13-701

Here are some factors the court may consider (list is not all inclusive) when determine:

  1. First time offense A.R.S. 13-702;
  2. Repeat offense A.R.S. 13-703;
  3. The quantity of illegal drugs or substance found in your possession; Refer to "Threshold Amount" A.R.S. 13-3401.36;
  4. Drug classification A.R.S. 13-3401;
  5. The purpose of having the drug in your possession such as personal use, intent to sell, or distribute based on a certain statutory Threshold Amount A.R.S. 13-3401.36;
  6. Prior criminal record, mitigated, or aggravating factors A.R.S. 13-701;
  7. Drug crime classified as a "Dangerous" offense" A.R.S. 13-704;
  8. Drug crimes involving "Serious, violent or aggravated" offenses A.R.S. 13-706;
  9. Additional criminal charges in connection with the drug possession A.R.S. 13-701

Drug Crime Lawyer Phoenix AZ

Any drug offense in Arizona can be potentially serious. It is important that you consult an experienced drug defense attorney as soon as possible. The Law Office of James Novak defends all types of drug charges in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale and other surrounding cities in Maricopa County. James Novak, Attorney at law is an experienced Drug DUI and criminal defense attorney. He is a trial defense lawyer and former prosecutor who defend drug charges on a regular basis. His practice is devoted exclusively to Drug, DUI and criminal defense, in the Phoenix Metro, and East Valley cities. He offers a strong defense and charges some of the most competitive and flat affordable fees in the Phoenix AZ area. If retained, he will access your case; defend your rights; and attempt to get the best possible outcome in your case. Call today for your free consultation (480) 413-1499, and let the Law Office of James Novak begin working on your case immediately. He will defend your charges, future and freedom.

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