A Strong Defense Against Complex, Serious Charges

Trafficking is a general term that can include transportation of drugs for sale, importing drugs, selling drugs or offering to do any of those things. A person convicted of drug trafficking faces a significant prison term, which makes it essential to have an experienced lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, are skilled in defending these drug charges and can help avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

The Differences Between Possession And Trafficking

Possession charges usually involve the possession of a small amount of a drug for personal use. Trafficking usually involves larger amounts of drugs possessed with the intent to sell or otherwise transfer the drugs.

While simple possession of marijuana is a Class 6 felony, trafficking of marijuana is a Class 3 felony if the amount of marijuana is less than two pounds. If the amount of marijuana is two pounds or more, it is a Class 2 felony. Simple possession of narcotic drugs and possession of dangerous or illicit drugs are both Class 4 felonies. Trafficking of the same drugs is a Class 2 felony.

Probation is available unless the amount of drugs found in your possession is at or exceeds what Arizona law refers to as the "threshold amount." A conviction for trafficking drugs in an amount more than the threshold will result in a mandatory prison sentence. The "threshold amount" is as follows:

  • 2 pounds of marijuana
  • 9 grams of cocaine
  • 1 gram of heroin
  • 4 grams or 50 milliliters of PCP
  • 9 grams of methamphetamine
  • 9 grams of amphetamine
  • For all other drugs, an amount that is valued at $1000 or more

A Class 3 felony is punishable by 2 to 8.75 years in prison. A Class 2 felony is punishable by 3 to 12.5 years in prison.

Unique Complications Involving Methamphetamine

A conviction of trafficking of methamphetamine involves special sentencing terms. Arizona has determined that methamphetamine is especially dangerous and has created a separate sentencing scheme. A person convicted of this will be sentenced between five and 15 years in prison. If convicted a second time, the penalties are even harsher: 10 to 20 years in prison.

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If you or a loved one faced drug trafficking charges, please contact our attorneys to determine how we can assist with your case. We accept credit cards and offer payment plans to ensure our services are within reach. Contact our Phoenix office today to schedule a free initial consultation. Call us at 480-498-5290 or email us through our website.