Protecting Your Rights When You Face Harsh Penalties
Dangerous drugs as a category include a wide variety of illicit substances: methamphetamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, also known as Molly, Ecstasy or X), lysergic acid diethylamide (acid or LSD) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms). It also includes many prescription drugs such as clonazepam (Klonopin), alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan) and ketamine.
Arizona law prohibits a person from knowingly possessing a dangerous drug. Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, can help protect your rights and your future.
Possible Sentences For First- Or Second-Time Offenders
A person convicted of possession of dangerous drugs in an amount less than the defined “threshold amount” will possibly be eligible for sentencing under Proposition 200. The threshold amount varies, but is largely based on the amount of the drug that is worth $1,000. Proposition 200 (“Prop 200”) requires that first- or second-time offenders receive probation.
One of the most common dangerous drugs is methamphetamine. It is important to have an experienced drug crimes attorney on your side because meth is ineligible for mandatory probation under Prop 200. However, a judge may still sentence someone convicted of possession of a dangerous drug involving meth to probation if the person is otherwise eligible under other sentencing laws.
Working To Reduce Or Dismiss Drug Charges When Possible
At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, we will work to reduce or even dismiss your drug charges. One alternative is entry into the TASC program, a deferred prosecution that allows a defendant to earn a dismissal of their charges by submitting to random drug tests for one year, pay fees and complete drug education classes. Upon completion, the possession of dangerous drug charges will be dismissed with prejudice.
We are familiar with the TASC program and admissions staff. We can determine your eligibility, help negotiate entry into the program and guide you throughout the completion of the program.
Even if a defendant is ineligible for TASC, we will conduct a thorough investigation to reveal possible defenses. To be guilty of this offense, the dangerous drug must be possessed “knowingly.” If you did not know the dangerous drug was in your car or your home, our lawyers can pursue a dismissal of your case. Other common issues in dangerous drug cases include illegal searches, Miranda violations and right to counsel violations.
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