Trafficking Can Have Lifelong Consequences
Because Arizona is a border state, authorities take any rumor of drug trafficking very seriously. The criminal penalties for trafficking tend to be severe, as the court likes to set an example to deter other traffickers.
Your best chance to avoid a trafficking charge of the consequences that come with it is to hire a strong criminal defense lawyer. Craig Williams, Attorney at Law, PLLC is here for you. With over 20 years in practice, we have helped thousands of clients obtain successful outcomes in their criminal cases, including dismissed charges and not-guilty verdicts.
Distribution And Trafficking: What Is The Difference?
Arizona distinguishes between drug distribution and trafficking, which is a much more serious offense. The difference between these offenses is the amount, in grams, of a controlled substance. If the amount of drugs in question is more than:
- Two pounds of cannabis
- 750 milligrams of crack
- Nine grams of amphetamines or methamphetamines
- One gram of heroin
- Nine grams of cocaine
- Four grams of phencyclidine
Police do not need evidence that you planned to sell the drugs to charge you with trafficking. Merely possessing drugs above the threshold quantity can result in trafficking charges.
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Could Put You In Jail For Years
When it comes to sentencing drug trafficking convictions, judges use a system called mandatory minimum sentencing. This means that judges do not get to use their discretion when assigning a sentence. Rather than consider the extenuating circumstances for each defendant, the court gives everyone receives a harsh minimum sentence. You must do everything in your power, including hiring a criminal defense attorney, to avoid charges, reduce charges or mitigate the sentence.
Avoid Drug Trafficking Penalties—Get A Lawyer
Your best ally in fighting trafficking charges is attorney Craig Williams. Contact Craig Williams, Attorney at Law, PLLC to schedule a consultation about your case. Call 928-759-0000 or send us an email.