Committed Arizona Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys in Tucson

Fighting accusations of possession, intent to sell, manufacturing and trafficking

Although drug crimes are considered victimless, the potential sentences for convictions are harsh. Strategizing a drug defense is crucial to your success. Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC demands that the prosecution prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. We advise you whether to fight your charges at trial or enter a drug diversion program. Our defense lawyers have committed more than 40 years of combined experience to the aggressive pursuit of justice in the criminal courts of Arizona, and we are ready to advocate for you.

Arizona drug laws

Extensive drug laws are contained in the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) criminal code title 13, chapter 34. Prohibited acts under these statutes include drug:

  • Possession
  • Selling
  • Distribution
  • Trafficking
  • Manufacturing
  • Growing

Possession of controlled substances is illegal under most circumstances. The list of illegal drugs includes heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy and peyote.

Prescription medications

Criminal violations involving legal and prescription drugs have become increasingly common. Possession of a medication that is legal for a patient’s use may result in incarceration if the pharmaceutical is transferred to another person. Prescription drugs covered by these rules include Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Xanax, Valium, Adderall®, Roxanol and Percocet. You can also be charged for holding drugs bought on legitimate prescriptions under laws against doctor shopping. In addition, under Arizona’s strict DUI laws, you may also be arrested for driving under the influence of legally prescribed drugs.

Arizona’s medical marijuana laws

Possession of marijuana in Arizona for recreational use is a misdemeanor offense. However, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act — contained in A.R.S. title 36, chapter 28.1 — authorizes the use of the drug by qualifying patients for certain medical conditions. The Arizona Department of Health Services administers the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. We advocate for patients, doctors and dispensaries under this progressive legislation. If you have been criminally charged for possessing, growing or providing marijuana in violation of the Act, we demand that your patient or professional rights be honored.

Drug court

The Arizona drug court program was established to help drug-dependent defendants get the help they need and avoid incarceration. If you are a first-time offender charged with a crime referenced by A.R.S. 13-3422, you may be a candidate for a drug diversion program. Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC advises you about pursuing this option.

If you are ineligible for drug court, our defense lawyers consider whether to negotiate for a lighter sentence that involves reduced or no jail time if it is in your best interest to do so — such as to minimize your penalties on multiple drug charges or companion charges of theft, assault or DUI.

Consult with our dedicated defense lawyers if you are facing drug charges

For an assertive defense when you are charged with a drug offense, call Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC today at 520.777.0235 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.