Drug Crime Defense Attorneys in Phoenix, AZ
At Blumberg & Associates, we are experienced Arizona drug crime defense attorneys. Our drug defense lawyers handle cases throughout the state of Arizona including Maricopa County, Yavapai County, Coconino County and Pinal County and the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Peoria, Tempe, Scottsdale, Prescott, Tucson and Flagstaff.
Common Arizona and Federal Drug Cases
At Blumberg & Associates, we have successfully handled drug defense cases involving a wide range of drugs, including marijuana, crystal methamphetamine (“meth”), GHB (the date-rape drug), ecstasy, heroin, prescription drugs, human growth hormones (HGH), crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, and meth labs and other narcotics violations.
Experienced Drug Crime Representation
Our Phoenix drug offense attorneys have extensive experience defending clients charged with a wide variety of drug crimes. Some of the drug offense cases our attorneys routinely handle include:
A Legal Overview of Arizona Drug Offenses: Possession of Marijuana, Dangerous Drugs or Narcotics — First-Time Offenders
There is some good news if you have been charged as a first-time offender for possession of marijuana, dangerous drugs or narcotic drugs. If you have been charged with possession under the “threshold” amount you will not go to jail. At Blumberg & Associates, we believe that every person charged with their first offense of possession deserves an opportunity for an adult deferred prosecution program known as TASC (provided there are no other extraneous circumstances, such as other felonies committed at the same time). If you are willing to enroll in the TASC program you can have your case dismissed if you succeed at counseling and produce clean samples.
Sale, Distribution or Possession With Intent to Sell
The Arizona drug laws become complicated when the state alleges sale, distribution or possession with intent to sell substantial quantities, or even lesser amounts of drugs. When drug sale, distribution or possession with intent to sell charges are brought, an experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney will always question whether there was an illegal search and seizure, which could lead to challenges both in the Arizona Superior Court and, on occasion, in the Arizona Court of Appeals. An experienced criminal defense attorney will also challenge the state’s “knowledge” allegations.
For a conviction, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged with the offense knew he or she was selling, distributing or in possession of the drugs. If you have been charged with sale, distribution or possession with intent to sell drugs, but you had no knowledge of the presence of the drugs, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows how to defeat the state’s knowledge elements. Finally, if you have been charged with sale, distribution or possession with intent to sell drugs and there was a weapon present, you can be charged with a separate crime known as Misconduct Involving Weapons. Be sure your criminal defense lawyer knows how to argue the absence of a “nexus” or relationship between the firearm and the drugs.
Sentencing for Drug Offenses
Amounts of drugs over the “threshold” result in the state seeking mandatory prison time. Class 2 offenses, such as sale, transportation or distribution, have a minimum of four years, a presumptive term of five years and a maximum of 10 years. For more information about drug offenses and some of our recent cases, please visit our Drug Offense Practice Center and Recent Results page.
Arizona Drug Offense Attorneys
If you have been charged with a drug-related crime in the state of Arizona, it is important that you hire an attorney with the skill and experience to handle your case, whether it is charged as a state or federal offense. Our drug defense attorneys have significant experience handling drug cases in both venues.
The War on Drugs and the Patriot Act have made it easier for authorities to search and detain people for a variety of crimes, including drug-related offenses. In almost every drug case we first explore the possibility of whether the initial search violated our client’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. Our defense attorneys have achieved outstanding alternative results for our clients due to improper stops and illegal searches.
Depending on the specifics of the case, you can be charged with a variety of crimes, including:
- Distribution of Narcotics
- Drug Trafficking
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession With Intent to Distribute
- Transportation and Importation of Narcotics
- Selling Drugs on the Internet
Contact Our Drug Defense Attorneys
If you have been charged with a drug offense in the state of Arizona, please contact Blumberg & Associates. When your future is on the line, you need an Arizona drug defense law firm where skill and experience are more than just a slogan.