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.
Drug 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
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. Naegle & Crider Criminal
Defense Attorneys is dedicated to defending all individuals or juveniles
who are facing these serious charges. Do not attempt to face the judge
on your own. An experienced drug trafficking attorney Charlie Naegle,
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