What You Should Understand about Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Arizona Felony Drug Charges

If you have been arrested for selling drugs in Phoenix or even, in some cases, possessing illegal drugs with the suspicion of intent to sell, it is possible that you will also be charged with illegal control of an enterprise. This very serious charge can result in a felony conviction on its own, but it is often seen in relation to other felony drug charges. If you have questions about what happens next after a charge of illegal control of an enterprise, read through the following basic information and contact a skilled Phoenix criminal defense lawyer to talk about how it relates to your specific situation.


What Does the Law Say?

A.R.S. §13-2312 defines illegal control of an enterprise as when a person, “through racketeering or its proceeds, acquires or maintains, by investment or otherwise, control of any enterprise.”


“Racketeering” related to felony drug charges in Arizona might be defined as engaging in any of the following for financial gain, whether actual or intended:

  • Illegal drug sales or trafficking
  • Theft or robbery
  • Forgery
  • Money laundering
  • Obstructing police investigations


So, as you can see, you may be slapped with a charge of illegal control of an enterprise if you are believed to have been selling drugs in Arizona for financial gain with the help of others.


What Should I Do if I’ve Been Charged with Illegal Control of an Enterprise?

If you have been charged with illegal control of an enterprise along with other felony drug charges, it is extremely important that you contact a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible for help. A skilled Phoenix drug offense lawyer can look at the facts in your case, build a strong defense, and work toward reducing the penalties in your case or even having some or all of the charges dropped. We would be happy to discuss your case with you in a free and confidential legal evaluation.


To learn more about what to do after you or a loved one is arrested in Phoenix, request your free copy of our informative book, Arizona Criminal Law – What You Must Know. Just give us a call at 1-888-929-5292, or fill out our confidential online contact form.