Felony: Drugs

Felony drugs blog

08 Dec Felony: Drugs

Possession or use of a dangerous drug is considered a felony in Arizona. While the classification of what is a dangerous drug can be subjective, this felony charge mainly focuses on drugs that are narcotics, not including marijuana. Dangerous drugs cause more violent and harmful results to the user than non-narcotics. Coolidge Law, located in Gilbert Arizona, is an experienced criminal defense specialist that will represent you to ensure your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly when being charged with a felony.

Types of Dangerous Drugs

While all drug use comes with the risk of danger to the user, there are certain drugs that are considered especially dangerous due to the devastating and violent results of their use. These are classified as:

  • Anabolic steroids, including testosterone
  • Drugs with a depressant effect
  • Hallucinogenic substances, such as acid and mescaline
  • Various types of amphetamines, including meth

These classifications of drugs have the most dangerous outcomes on a person and their psyche.

Dangerous Drug Prohibition

While possession and use of a dangerous drug will result in felony charges, the Arizona law statute ARS §13-3401 also prohibits:

  • Administering the drug to another person
  • Being in possession of chemicals and supplies used to create dangerous drugs
  • Manufacturing and creating dangerous drugs
  • Obtaining dangerous drugs by “fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge”
  • Possessing dangerous drugs for sale
  • Transporting or transferring dangerous drugs into or within Arizona

These acts or behaviors will result in felony charges. There are severe punishments that come with these felony charges.

Felony Drug Punishment

The use or possession of dangerous drugs is considered a felony and thus has strict consequences from the Arizona Legislature. The class of felony can vary depending on the circumstances and type of drug. The punishments are as following:

  • Possessing drugs for sale, manufacturing drugs, administering them, or transportation of them is considered a Class 2 felony.  The punishment can be up to five years in prison.
  • Possessing chemicals and supplies to make the dangerous drugs is a Class 3 felony, which can lead to up to 3.5 years in prison.
  • Possession or use of a dangerous drug can also be classified as a Class 4 felony. This is the least severe, with up to 2.5 years in prison.  

Whichever class felony you end up being charged with, the consequences are severe. Coolidge Law is an experienced criminal law specialist that can work to decrease the punishment you receive, as well as to potentially have your case dismissed.