Arizonans who are arrested on drug charges must remember the penalties and the long-term consequences that accompany a conviction. This is true whether it is a person who is facing arrest for trafficking drugs, distributing drugs, selling it at a low level, or is simply accused of drug possession. There are many factors that are part of lodging a strong defense after an arrest for drug possession. Understanding the elements of these drug crimes when the case is prosecuted can be important to the defense.
Being charged with drug offenses in Prescott Valley and throughout Arizona carries serious consequences. The type of drugs the person is accused of being involved with will largely dictate how serious the potential penalties are. For example, people who are accused of possessing marijuana for personal use will not be treated as harshly if there is a conviction as those who are accused of manufacturing, selling and distributing a drug like methamphetamine.
Prescott Valley law enforcement is vigilant in its attempts to stop drugs from being a major problem in the area.
In Prescott, people who are facing arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia could find themselves dealing with these allegations even if the items they had in their possession were not for drugs or drug use. Even those who might have had these items for drug use should know their rights under the law. According to Arizona law, there are certain factors that law enforcement and the court will consider when determining if the item is drug paraphernalia. These can be integral to a defense.
Prescott Valley police detained two young men, an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old, on misdemeanor crimes related to the use of drugs. In addition to the drug charges, police also say that they discovered evidence of other criminal activity. In the course of the investigation that originally was drug-related, police and prosecutors also filed multiple counts of theft and receiving stolen property.
Illegal drugs can enter the United States in a variety of ways. One way is for people to carry illegal drugs in backpacks across our nation's border. Recently, the U.S. government has significantly changed the way such cases will be prosecuted.
Certain minor drug crimes, such as marijuana possession, are increasingly being decriminalized in states across the nation. Arizona, however, still takes a hard stance against drug offenses, from mere possession to drug manufacturing and trafficking. It is important that those who are accused of drug crimes in Arizona take action to defend themselves.
Due to our nation's current opioid epidemic, it may seem like more people than ever are being charged with drug crimes involving unlawfully obtained prescription painkillers, heroin and more. The penalties one would face if convicted of possessing, manufacturing or trafficking illegal drugs in Arizona varies depending on the type and amount of drugs at issue.
Drug use -- particularly the use of opioids -- is becoming a public health crisis in Arizona and across the nation. Steps need to be taken to address the issue and try to reverse the damage it has done to our society. As reported in an earlier post on this blog, the Arizona House of Representatives considered a bill that would legalize needle exchange programs. It passed the bill in February, and that bill recently advanced to the Arizona Senate. However, the bill did undergo major changes from the House version of the bill.
These days, not everyone views marijuana as "the gateway drug." Many people believe that marijuana is not as harmful and dangerous as it had been made out to be in the past. In fact, some states are starting to decriminalize marijuana by significantly reducing the penalties associated with possession of the drug. And, a few states have even made the possession and sale of marijuana legal, either for medicinal purposes or recreationally.