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During a traffic stop in Phoenix, a drug dog alerted police and my car was searched. I’m now facing felony drug charges in Arizona. Is there anything I can do?
Facing felony drug charges in Arizona is scary, and it’s important to do everything in your power to defend your rights. Of the thousands of drug convictions that are handed down every year in Arizona, around two-thirds of those are felony convictions, which have the potential to limit your options for the rest of your life. These cases most commonly involve marijuana or paraphernalia, but many other illegal drugs are also represented, including methamphetamine, cocaine, crack-cocaine, prescription drugs, and more. K9 units are used extensively in the searches that lead to felony drug arrests in Arizona, and our Phoenix criminal lawyers may be able to help you after a case in which an Arizona drug dog alerted police to search your car.
In drug dog cases like yours, a Phoenix drug defense attorney will pay special attention to the circumstances that led to the search of your car. Although a well-trained and properly handled drug-sniffing dog can alert police and provide probable cause for a search, some of these dogs do make mistakes. If the dog was overworked, undertrained, or improperly handled, the evidence found during the search of your car may not be permissible in court. However, because so much depends on the individual circumstances of your case, you will need to speak with your attorney about exactly what happened and your options for defense.
Our Phoenix criminal lawyers would be happy to review your case in more detail and advise you more specifically on your next course of action. We can investigate the circumstances of your arrest and help determine if a mistake was made by the drug dog or handler before, during, or after the search of your vehicle. Give us a call today at 1-888-929-5292 or use our confidential online contact form to schedule your FREE consultation with a Phoenix drug lawyer today.
For more information about felony arrests in Arizona and how a skilled criminal defense attorney can help, please take a look at a FREE copy of our informative book Arizona Criminal Law – What You Must Know.
My son was arrested for selling morphine to an undercover cop in Mesa. What can we do?
If your son has been arrested for selling morphine to an undercover officer in Mesa, you should be aware that he is facing very serious charges. A conviction for narcotic sales is likely to mean a felony on his record, prison or jail time, large fines, drug counseling, and a potential 7 years of probation.
It’s hard to know what to do when a family member is arrested. One of the best steps you can take is to talk with a Mesa drug lawyer who is experienced with defending against narcotic sales charges. Every illegal drug case is different, and a lot will depend on the circumstances surrounding your son’s case, including his past criminal history, any charges in addition to the sales charge, if there were weapons involved, etc. An experienced attorney can talk you through each step of the process, review the evidence in the case, and work to build strong defense for your son.
Working with an attorney gives your son a chance for a better outcome, and it may be possible to have the penalties reduced or the charges dismissed. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get help. A Phoenix drug lawyer with Curry, Pearson & Wooten would be happy to speak with you in a completely free and confidential legal consultation to answer any questions. Just give us a call today at 1-888-929-5292, or use the online contact form on this page.
For more information about how a Maricopa County criminal defense lawyer can help after an arrest, request a free copy of our helpful book Arizona Criminal Law – What You Must Know.
What penalties will I face if I am convicted of transporting or importing marijuana in Arizona?
Without knowing the specifics of your case, this can be a very difficult question to answer. Arizona law has different mandatory sentencing guidelines depending on how much marijuana you were caught with, and there are many other factors that may also apply in your case. For specific information about what you might be facing with your marijuana conviction, it is crucial that you speak directly with a Phoenix marijuana lawyer.
However, if you are convicted of transporting marijuana in Arizona, you may be sentenced to some or all of the following:
- Prison or jail time
- Probation time
- Fines up to $150,000
- Drug rehabilitation programs (which you must pay for)
- Regular drug testing
- Community service hours
How you are sentenced will depend on your previous conviction history, how much marijuana you transported or attempted to transport, if there were weapons charges involved, and other potential complications. Drug offenses are treated very seriously in Arizona, and it is worth it to at least speak with a skilled Phoenix criminal defense attorney if you have been arrested for marijuana crimes.
Speak with an experienced Phoenix drug lawyer with Curry, Pearson & Wooten today at 1-888-929-5292 for help after a marijuana arrest in Phoenix or the surrounding areas. We would also like for you to have a copy of our FREE book Arizona Criminal Law – What You Must Know, which is an informative guide to what to expect after an arrest in Arizona.
My boyfriend has been arrested on drug charges in Phoenix. How am I supposed to pay for bail?
If your boyfriend has been arrested on drug charges in Phoenix, the first step is to determine if posting bail is an option or not. In some cases, bail cannot be posted or comes with some restrictions on how it can be paid.
If you are able to post bail for your loved one, you generally have the option of a cash deposit or a bail bond. The bail bond, handled through a bail bondsman, allows you to pay a percentage of the total bail. The company the bail bondsman works with will then work with the court to provide what is needed. When your boyfriend shows up to his court appearance, the company will be off the hook for the amount of the bail.
However, realize that the company is stuck paying the full amount of the bail if he fails to attend his court appearance. The bail bondsman or a bounty hunter/bail recovery agent can and will come after your boyfriend in this case and bring him in.
You should also be aware that there are a lot of shady or downright illegal bail agents out there. Be very careful when selecting a bail bondsman, and realize that it is illegal for a bail bondsman to solicit business in or around a jail or courthouse. If you need help finding a reputable and reliable bail agent, a Phoenix criminal attorney with Curry, Pearson & Wooten would be happy to refer you to someone.
Speak with our Phoenix criminal lawyers today at 1-888-929-5292 for more information, and consider also scheduling a free, no-pressure consultation to talk about the next steps after a drug arrest in Phoenix and how we can help.
My boyfriend was arrested for marijuana trafficking in Phoenix and is being held in jail. How do I handle bail?
As Phoenix drug offense lawyers, we receive many initial questions about bail and how to pay bail in Arizona. Essentially, within 24 hours your boyfriend will see a judge who will decide on the conditions for release or for bail. There may be certain conditions that restrict how bail can be posted or if it can be posted at all. You should be aware that this can often be a confusing and emotionally stressful process, and there are some shady people out there who might try to take advantage of your need for financial help.
The first thing you should know is that your Phoenix criminal lawyer is here and ready to help from the moment of a loved one’s arrest. We can be present for the initial appearance and work toward getting the bail amount reduced. And, in some cases, we can help you avoid paying bail altogether by getting your loved one released on his or her own recognizance or promise to appear.
Once bail has been set, we can also help you find a reputable, reliable bail bondsman, if needed.
Our Phoenix drug offense lawyers are here to protect your loved one’s rights after an arrest. We will skillfully handle every aspect of your case while keeping you informed. Speak with us today in a FREE legal consultation by calling 1-888-929-5292. For more information about who we are and how we can help, request a completely FREE copy of our helpful book Arizona Criminal Law – What You Must Know.
Is burglary the same thing as theft under Arizona law?
Although burglary may involve theft, the two terms are not actually interchangeable in the courtroom in Arizona. While theft involves the actual taking of property, burglary refers specifically to entering a residential or commercial property with the intent to commit theft or another felony.
In a nutshell, burglary is what you might think of when someone says "breaking and entering." It refers specifically to actual buildings, such as houses or commercial properties. Breaking into a passenger car, for example, would probably not be classified as burglary. Breaking into a department store after hours probably would be classified as burglary.
Burglary and theft can both be serious offenses and may result in serious felony charges in Arizona depending on the specific circumstances. If you or a loved one has been arrested for burglary in Tempe, don't wait to contact an experienced Tempe criminal lawyer today at 1-888-929-5292. We would be happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you protect your rights under Arizona law. Also, we encourage you to read our helpful book, Arizona Criminal Law - What You Must Know, which will explain more about what happens next and what you need to do to get the best possible outcome in your case.
I was arrested for a DUI in Tempe, but there's no way I was over the legal limit. Is there anything I can do?
It may come as surprise to many, but the ways in which you are evaluated for intoxication during a Tempe DUI stop are not infallible. There are many factors that can skew field testing and breath testing, including:
- Stomach issues or recent vomiting
- Paint or vehicle fumes in the air
- Movement-impairing disorders, such as Parkinson's
- Use of mouth wash
- Recent physical activity
- Changes in body temperature
If you believe you were unfairly arrested for drunk driving in Tempe, it is a good idea to at least meet with an experienced Tempe DUI lawyer to talk about your situation and learn more about your rights. An experienced Arizona criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights after an arrest and help you build a strong case. We may be able to help you reduce or avoid jail time and other penalties. Just give us a call today at 1-888-929-5292. You can also take a look at our FREE book, DUI's in Arizona - What You Must Know.
If I have a DUI conviction from another state, will it affect my Tempe DUI case?
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Arizona, whether you are a resident or from out of state, it is possible that a previous out-of-state DUI could affect your case. According to Arizona law, any DUI conviction on your record from the previous 7 years could result in a significant increase in your criminal penalties. This includes any DUI conviction in Arizona and any DUI conviction in any other US state that would also be considered a crime under Arizona law.
Additionally, Arizona participates in the Interstate Driver’s License Compact. This means that, if you are from out of state and convicted of certain crimes in Arizona, then the state will report those violations to your state's Department of Motor Vehicles. A non-Arizona resident could end up with penalties in both Arizona and his or her home state.
As Tempe DUI lawyers, we can help you figure out the best plan of action after you have been pulled over for drunk driving in Maricopa County. Whether you are an Arizona resident or from out of state, a skilled Arizona criminal defense lawyer can explain your rights and options and fight to get you the best possible outcome. Give us a call today at 1-888-929-5292 to schedule a completely free, no-obligation legal consultation, and also request a FREE copy of our book, DUI's in Arizona - What You Must Know.
Why is information shared during the Tempe discovery procedure?
The discovery procedure in Tempe is an important way for you and your Tempe criminal lawyer to prepare for your Arizona criminal case. Some information is to be shared automatically between the defense and prosecution, and further types of information can be requested in your case.
The discovery procedure helps when you and your attorney are considering a plea agreement, as you have a better idea of the evidence that will be used against you. It's far less likely that you will be surprised by evidence later down the road. Additionally, some of the information that is shared by the prosecution could end up actually being in your favor. The Arizona discovery procedure is another way that the law tries to protect your rights when it comes to criminal defense.
If you have been arrested for a crime in Tempe, don't wait to contact an experienced Tempe criminal defense attorney with Curry, Pearson & Wooten at 1-888-929-5292 today. We offer a completely free, no-obligation legal consultation, during which you can get to know us and find out more about your rights. For additional information about who we are and what we do, request your FREE copy of our book, Arizona Criminal Law - What You Must Know.
I've heard that truck drivers can be charged with a DUI in Arizona even if they are under the "legal limit." Is that true?
It is true. Truck drivers and other commercial drivers are treated differently than a non-commercial driver when it comes to Tempe DUI charges. Although the legal limit is .08 for drivers in Arizona, anyone who has a commercial driver's license (CDL) is held to a legal limit of .04. This applies whether they are on the job or not.
Additionally, CDL holders who are convicted of a DUI offense face much stiffer penalties and risk losing their commercial license and job. Unfortunately, the lower limit means that some tests, such as the breathalyzer, can be even more inaccurate-even though the consequences are much greater.
If you are a truck driver or other commercial driver who has been pulled over for an on-the-job DUI in Tempe, speak with a skilled Tempe DUI lawyer today at 1-888-929-5292. We can discuss your commercial DUI case during a completely free, no-pressure legal consultation and talk about what to do next. For more information, you can also request a FREE copy of our helpful book, DUI's in Arizona - What You Must Know.