Possesion of Cocaine

Possession of Cocaine Lawyer

Cocaine laws in Arizona are very strict. Drug trafficking specifically can carry incredibly harsh consequences. Possession of any amount cocaine is classified as a felony, and is punishable by a maximum of 3 years in prison, and a minimum fine of $2000.

If you face a Drug Possession offense of any kind, you have options. By protecting yourself in court now, you are also protecting your future. Contact Drug Possession Lawyer Karl A. Mueller at 602-697-8761. We offer free initial consultations. We answer calls 24/7.

 

Is Possession of Cocaine a felony?

Arizona has three distinct drug classifications. The lowest classification of drugs, carrying the lightest penalties, is reserved for marijuana. Tier 2 contains drugs that are considered dangerous, including most psychedelics. Psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and PCP are all classified in this category. Charges may vary based on the circumstances of the arrest. The courts tend to be more lenient on first-time and non-violent offenders.

 

Narcotic drugs are the third classification containing cocaine, prescription opiates, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. These drugs carry the most severe penalties for possession and distribution.

 

Multiple Offense Drug Charges

 

The majority of drug arrests in Arizona include multiple charges. Any paraphernalia found in your possession will be counted as a separate charge.

 

Situation Surrounding Your Arrest

 

The court will consider all the circumstance of your arrest when assigning charges and sentencing. First time offenders, and people with small, seemingly-personal amounts of cocaine, will likely be given more lenient sentences.

 

The harshest punishments are reserved for those who are caught with large quantities cocaine that appears to have been intended for distribution.

 

Threshold Amounts

 

A Threshold amount is the minimum amount of a drug needed to qualify for mandatory jail time. For cocaine, the threshold amount is 9 grams. If you are only charged with an amount below the threshold, probation or drug intervention programs can replace incarceration in sentencing.

 

Penalty for Cocaine Possession in Arizona

 

While sentencing is more lenient for first-time offenders with amounts under the threshold, repeat offenders are very likely to see harsh consequences.

 

Second and Third Offense With Amounts Below Threshold

Class of Felony Likely Sentence
5 0.5 – 2.5 years in prison
4 1.1 – 3.7 years in prison
3 1.8 – 8.7 years in prison
2 3 – 12.5 years in prison

Second Offense With Amounts Above Threshold

Class of Felony Likely Sentence
5 0.5 – 2.5 years in prison
4 1.1 – 3.7 years in prison
3 1.8 – 8.7 years in prison
2 3 – 12.5 years in prison

 

Third Offense With Amounts Above Threshold

Class of Felony Likely Sentence
5 0.75 – 5 years in prison
4 1.5 – 6.2 years in prison
3 2.5 – 11.2 years in prison
2 4 – 15 years in prison

 

Additional Penalties

 

Fines may also be attached to drug charges in Arizona – with payments as high as $150,000 for each charge. Charges for sale or distribution can carry fines as high as $1 million per charge.

 

Facing Cocaine Charges in Arizona? Here’s What To Do.

Fighting cocaine charges in Arizona is difficult, and you shouldn’t have to do it alone. If you
find yourself charged with possession of cocaine, reach out to The Law Office of Karl A.
Mueller at 602-697-8761. We offer free initial consultations. We answer calls 24/7.

 

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