- Most drug possession in Arizona is charged as a felony;
- Even a first-time offender could be subject to mandatory probation;
- Some serious drug offenses in Arizona could mean life in prison.
Under Arizona law, a "serious drug offense" is defined as any violation of (or attempt/conspiracy to violate):
- Section 13-3404.01, which covers possession and sale of ephedrine or other "precursor chemicals";
- Section 13-3405, which covers the sale and distribution of marijuana;
- Section 13-3407, which covers the sale and distribution of dangerous drugs;
- Section 13-3408, which covers the manufacture, sale, and transport of narcotics in an amount exceeding the threshold amount;
- Section 13-3406, which covers prescription drug offenses;
- Section 13-3409, which covers drug offenses involving minors.
If you have been charged with what is considered a serious drug offense in Arizona you could be sentenced to life imprisonment if:
- You had a pattern of drug offenses, meaning three or more related drug crimes, which make up a significant part of your income.
- The offense was committed as part of an enterprise involved in dealing drugs in Arizona and you "organized, managed, directed, supervised or financed the enterprise with the intent to promote or further its criminal objectives."