Transportation and the distribution of dangerous drugs, drug trafficking, is a very serious offense in Arizona, likely because of the state’s close proximity to an international boarder. A prosecutor will attempt to prove that the drugs were transported for sale by using evidence such as the quantity of drugs, the way the drugs were packaged, the presence of scales or ledgers, or other relevant evidence.
A conviction for transportation of drugs for sale is a class 2 felony and can result in a fine of three times the value of the drugs, or $1,000, whichever is greater. If the drug involved is not methamphetamine, and the total amount of drugs is less than the “statutory threshold,” probation may be available for a first offense. Probation will require 360 hours of community service and up to one year in county jail.
If the amount of drugs is equal to or greater than the statutory threshold, probation is not available. In that case, if the drug involved is not methamphetamine, the sentence range for a first-offense conviction is generally 4 to 10 years in prison, although the sentence may be as short as 3 years or as long as 12.5 years in prison.
Offenses involving methamphetamine have separate, stricter sentencing guidelines. A first-offense conviction for transportation of methamphetamine for sale will result in a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison, and probation is not available, even if the amount of drugs is less than the statutory threshold.
In all cases, if a defendant has any prior felony convictions, a conviction for transportation of dangerous drugs for sale can result in vastly increased punishment. For example, the sentencing range for a class two felony conviction with at least two prior felony convictions is 10.5 to 35 years in prison.
If you have been charged with the possession and/or distribution of an illegal substance, a local Phoenix AZ drug crimes attorney can help to make sure that your rights are fully protected. The Naegle Law firm is dedicated to defending all individuals or juveniles who are facing these serious charges. Do not attempt to face the judge on your own. Experienced drug possession attorney Charlie Naegle attorney will fight to get you results.
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