Being charged with drug possession can be devastating for your future regardless of your age or current situation. The classification of crime and the penalty you may face will vary depending on various factors.
You should know that you do have options for defense against these charges.
There are numerous factors that will affect the outcome of your case. Some of the things that will probably come into consideration are:
- The type of drug
- How much of the drug you possessed
- Any past criminal history
- Other factors that led up to the charge
In Arizona, drug possession can classify as a misdemeanor or felony. Which one will depend on the factors of your case and any defense you provide to the charges.
You may feel hopeless when facing the possibility of having a drug charge on your criminal record, but there are sometimes legitimate defensive arguments for such charges. A police officer must have had legitimate reasons to stop or search you. If stopped illegally, or if the officer extended the stop longer than absolutely necessary in order to find further evidence against you, the evidence may be inadmissible which could help your case.
If you were unaware of the presence of drugs, or the illegal substance in question belonged to someone else, you can present those details as a defense in court. There are also strict rules governing the chain of custody involved in drug seizures. An error or missing information regarding this could result in the dismissal of your charges.