The range of drug crimes is very broad, including everything from simple possession to trafficking in hard drugs, to manufacturing methamphetamine and other illegal substances. If you are facing any one of these drug crimes, or if you have reason to believe you are being investigated for a possible offense, it is in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced Arizona drug crimes lawyer as quickly as possible.
Time is important when you have been arrested or are under investigation for drug crimes. Early intervention by your drug crimes lawyer could mean the difference between a quick resolution of the charges or investigation and a drawn-out process with the threat of heavy penalties hanging over your head.
Since most drug crimes are felonies, they all carry, depending upon the circumstances, at least the possibility, and in many cases the likelihood, of incarceration. Under A.R.S. § 13-901.01, however, mandatory probation may be a possibility, providing that you qualify under the terms of the statute. It applies, in the first instance, only to a first or second conviction for personal possession or use of a controlled substance (or drug paraphernalia).
Additional factors, however, may affect your ability to take advantage of the law. For example, a conviction for a violent crime will make you ineligible, as will offenses involving methamphetamine, prior refusal of drug treatment as a term of probation, as well as a number of others.
It is essential that your lawyer be fully familiar with all aspects of defending these types of charges, as well as how best to avoid incarceration if you enter a guilty plea or are found guilty.
Finding the right drug crimes lawyer is the key to minimizing the damage of being charged and convicted of a drug crime. It is also important that your drug crimes lawyer be by your side as early in the process as possible to avoid arrest and protect your rights. If you have been charged with a drug crime, or if you are under investigation, contact Feldman & Royle, today. We will provide you with an honest evaluation of your case, and the initial consultation is free.