Arizona has stricter marijuana policies than many other states, and possession of marijuana has many different levels of penalties in this state. These penalties can range from a misdemeanor to long term felony jail time, depending on how much the accused possesses and whether or not there is proof of intent to sell. The various charges for possession, production, or sale of marijuana in Arizona include:
If you have been charged with the possession, production, or sale of marijuana, contact The Blumenreich Law Firm immediately. Josh Blumenreich, a former prosecutor for Maricopa County, is an aggressive, experienced defense attorney who can provide you with the strong counsel you need in order to mitigate the consequences of a marijuana-related charge. For a free initial consultation, call (602) 252-2570.
When stopped at an Arizona DUI checkpoint, it’s important to stay calm and respectful at all times.
It’s no secret that Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws and penalties in the country. To help enforce these laws, sobriety checkpoints are located throughout Phoenix and the rest of the state, usually during holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve. At these checkpoints, police officers are looking for drivers who show signs of driving under the influence of alcohol. Though the locations of these checkpoints are posted in advance, getting stopped at a checkpoint can be nerve-wracking, whether you’ve been drinking or not. Here are a few ways you can prepare in case you are stopped at an Arizona DUI checkpoint.
- If possible, find out where DUI checkpoints will be in your area before the holiday. DUI checkpoint locations are typically posted on city and state government websites as well as in newspapers, on the radio or on the local news.
- Keep your license and registration handy in case you are stopped. When stopped, always present your license and registration right away. Fumbling for your license and registration could arouse suspicion.
- Do not supply any more information than required of you by law. Even when asked, you do not have to tell the checkpoint officer where you have been or where you are going, or supply any information about alcohol or drug usage recently or in the past. Remember your right to remain silent and that anything you say can be held against you in a court of law.
- If you have passengers in your car, make sure they do not have any open containers or drug paraphernalia. If these items are found during a search of your car, you could be charged with a DUI or drug possession.
- In any case, remain calm and respectful. Regardless of guilt, nervousness or rudeness will not help the situation. Stay composed, present your license and registration right away and do not complain about the checkpoint.
If you or your passengers have been charged with a DUI or drug possession in Arizona, you will need the counsel of an experienced Phoenix criminal lawyer. A former prosecutor, Josh Blumenreich can advise you on the best way to proceed in the very serious case of DUI charges. For a free initial consultation, please call (602) 252-2570.
Drug charges are, of course, very serious matters in Arizona. But drug charges involving methamphetamines are particularly severe. Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to possessing, manufacturing, transporting or selling meth and many task forces in place to enforce this policy. A conviction on a meth charge, a felony in Arizona, can result in very stiff penalties, including prison time. Even possessing or selling the ingredients of meth is considered a felony in Arizona.
Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to possessing, manufacturing, transporting or selling meth.
Sentencing for meth charges can be particularly severe in conjunction with other charges. For instance, because meth production is seen as an endangerment, operating a meth lab in the presence of a minor constitutes child abuse in Arizona. Also, those with prior meth convictions can face additional legal consequences.
Whether you’ve been charged with meth possession, operating a meth lab or selling meth, contact The Blumenreich Law Firm immediately. Josh Blumenreich, a former prosecutor for Maricopa County, is an aggressive, experienced defense attorney who can provide you with the strong counsel you need in order to mitigate the consequences of a meth-related charge.