Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia
Strategic Representation Against Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia
Arizona drug laws prohibit citizens to “use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a drug …”
As such, the possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class 6 felony– and these charges come with steep consequences. At Tait & Hall, our lawyers have decades of combined experience and a considerable record of success in court. If you face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, having a skilled attorney on your side is, by far, the best way to protect your rights and your future.
What Is Drug Paraphernalia?
Drug paraphernalia can be almost anything: a pipe, syringe, paper clip, spoon, or even a plastic baggie. Even if an object’s common use has inherently nothing to do with drugs, it can be considered paraphernalia if used in connection with any illicit drug.
Arizona Drug Laws
Here in Arizona, drug laws are tough when it comes to possession of drug paraphernalia. If you’re facing drug-related charges, it’s highly important that you not only understand your rights, but that you work with an Arizona criminal defense lawyer to protect and defend them.
The Consequences for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Arizona drug laws, are eligible for probation for first- and second-time drug offenders. That is, if they agree to participate in drug counseling and/or education.
However, a felony conviction in Arizona can still have long-lasting consequences on a person’s educational and employment opportunities.
Our Approach to Fighting Against Drug-Related Charges in Arizona
Here at Tait & Hall, our attorneys will work to reduce or even dismiss the charges you face.
Many times, possession of drug paraphernalia is be filed as a misdemeanor in the city or justice courts. Even after a felony charge is made, a reduction to a misdemeanor is possible.
Another possibility is entry into the TASC program– a diversion program that allows a person to earn a dismissal of drug charges through the completion of random drug tests, education and/or counseling, and payment of fees. Upon successful completion, prosecutors will dismiss your case.
Identifying an Appropriate Defense Strategy for YOU
If you work with a criminal defense attorney here at Tait & Hall, we will present strategic defenses at trial or as part of settlement negotiations.
For example, one major issue that must be determined is whether a person knowingly possessed the drug paraphernalia. When the paraphernalia belongs to someone else and was unknown to you, we will work to prove this and seek a dismissal of the case.
Additionally, we will also consider possible violations of your Miranda rights, your right to legal counsel, and whether the police conducted an illegal search.
Arizona Drug Crimes & Criminal Defense Lawyers
The attorneys at Tait & Hall have the experience, dedication, and work ethic it will take to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. We promise to fight for you with professionalism and tenacity, every step of the way.
Contact us to have one of our lawyers review your case today. Call our Phoenix office at (480) 405-6767 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.