The penalties and sentencing for marijuana are more nuanced and vary between the felony and misdemeanor levels depending on the nature and amount of possession. Possession of less than 2lbs of marijuana can be a:
- Class 6 felony for personal use (but may be reduced to a misdemeanor);
- Class 5 felony if personally produced;
- Class 4 felony if intended for sale.
Possession of 2-4lbs of marijuana can be charged as a Class 5 felony, and possession of more than 4lbs is a Class 4 felony.
If a person has been charged with possession of a dangerous drug, they will likely face Class 4 felony penalties of at least $2,000 in fines (or 3 times the value of the substance, whichever is greater) and up to 1 year in jail if they have no prior convictions or up to 3.75 years in prison if they do have priors. It is possible to reduce the charge to a Class 1 misdemeanor if the individual was not previously convicted of a felony and the drug was not meth or an amphetamine.
Similarly, the consequences of possessing a narcotic like cocaine, a Class 4 felony, is a fine of either $2,000 or 3 times the value of the substance, whichever is greater, and up to 1 year in jail if the defendant has no prior convictions or up to 15 years if they have 2 priors. As with possession of a dangerous drug, it is possible to reduce these felony charges to a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Let a Mesa Attorney Defend You
If you are facing drug-related charges in Mesa, Arizona, contact a drug crimes lawyer immediately to get started on your defense. The consequences for a drug conviction could have long-lasting impacts on your life, such as years of your life in jail you can never get back. As a result, it is imperative that you enlist the help of an experienced professional like Attorney Phil Hineman, who has been defending clients for over 30 years.