Possession of Marijuana ׀ AZ Criminal Defense
Marijuana Possession Charges in Phoenix
All marijuana also called “pot” or “cannabis” charges are aggressively pursued by the Arizona police and prosecution. An Arizona marijuana arrest in Maricopa County is usually criminally charged as a felony and handled in the Maricopa County Superior Court. The small amount of marijuana found on you does not reduce the Arizona criminal charge to a misdemeanor. It is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney very skilled and experienced in defending DUI charges in the Phoenix Courts or any cities within Arizona. James Novak, Phoenix Criminal Defense and DUI Defense and Trial Lawyer defends Marijuana charges frequently with many successful outcomes. If you face any type of Marijuana charges you should contact the Law Office of James Novak (480) 413-1499 for your Free Consultation to discuss defending your Marijuana possession charges.
Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney
James Novak, DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney in Arizona has defended many types of Marijuana cases in his career, with many with successful outcomes. James Novak is a Former Arizona Criminal and DUI Prosecutor. For many years his firm has been 100% exclusively devoted to defending and litigating marijuana possession charges, and other criminal and DUI charges. James Novak has the skills, knowledge and litigation experience needed to provide strong legal representation for your AZ Marijuana Possession Charges. He is the author of three Arizona Defense books and knows what defenses can be used given the set of circumstances. There may be circumstances that provide explanation and marijuana defense to your felony charges. He will do everything possible to get evidence suppressed, challenge the evidence, the amount of marijuana alleged to be in your possession, and do everything possible to get the case dismissed or charges reduced. Some defenses include but are not limited to:
- You did not have knowledge to the marijuana,
- The Marijuana belonged to someone else,
- The vehicle it was found in did not belong to you
- The bag was not yours
- The reason to the stop was improper or unlawful
- Improper police procedure
- There was a violation of your Constitutional Rights
- “Search and Seizure” of your auto was unlawful
- Entrapment issues exist
Arizona Marijuana Possession Laws
If Phoenix AZ police find Marijuana in your possession, they make no exceptions. They disregard any reason you give them. You will need a Phoenix Criminal Defense or Arizona Marijuana defense attorney to “tell your story”. Anything you say will be held against you and may incriminate you further. Bottom line, if you are found to be in possession of Marijuana on your person, in your auto, place of residence or employment, of elsewhere, you are considered to be in violation of Arizona marijuana drug laws. A question that the Law Office of James Novak frequently gets is that the person was not smoking marijuana why charged with “use of marijuana” on the Arizona marijuana criminal complaint. This is because the Arizona possession of marijuana criminal law legislation was written and intended to include both possession and use of marijuana.
A.R.S. 13 Criminal Law
“13-3405. Possession, use, production, sale or transportation of marijuana; classification
A. A person shall not knowingly:
1. Possess or use marijuana.” (cited in part)
Arizona Marijuana Possession Penalties
A conviction for possession or use of marijuana has severe consequences under Arizona State Law. The Judge has little discretion accept to give you a move sever penalty if they feel it is warranted based on circumstances. Depending on the quantity found, intended purpose of it, and other circumstance you may be sentenced to incarceration, fines, fees, costs, probation, community service counseling, extended jail or prison depending on your criminal history and the facts of the case which include the amount of the marijuana. Additionally, you should be concerned with having a felony on your record that will impact you for the rest of your life including your job, future job opportunities, family, credit, finances and more.
Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer for Marijuana Charges
One of the keys to a successful Marijuana Possession Defense is to hire your Criminal Defense as early as possible. Call today for your FREE consultation with and Arizona criminal drug defense marijuana lawyer. You may get only one chance for an acceptable resolution in your Arizona marijuana possession charges. Call James Novak at (480) 413-1499 and let him begin building you a strong and effective defense. The Law Office of James Novak proudly defends clients in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler Scottsdale, Gilbert and other surrounding cities in Maricopa County.