Drug Crime Lawyer in Tucson

Fighting Accusations of Possession, Manufacturing, Trafficking, and More

Although drug crimes are considered victimless, the potential sentences for convictions are harsh. Even the possession of a personal use quantity of marijuana may become a felony if it is possessed in the form of marijuana oil – in “wax” or in “edibles.” Strategizing the best defense to a drug case is crucial to your success. Often the successful defense of a drug case depends on challenges to searches, seizures and demonstrating that government witnesses are not reliable or credible. Nesci & St. Louis will challenge the prosecution’s evidence at every step of the proceedings. We will advise you whether to fight your charges pretrial, at trial or to attempt to reach an agreement to resolve the case by entering a drug diversion program. Our Tucson drug crime defense lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience to the aggressively defending those accused of drug crimes in the criminal courts of Arizona, and we are ready to advocate for you.

Have you or a loved one been arrested? Contact our firm today!

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®
  • RoxanolPercocet

You can also be charged for possessing or using prescription medications obtained through legitimate prescriptions under some circumstances. 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. These laws set strict requirements for the quantity of marijuana that may be purchased, the quantity that may be possessed and who may grow marijuana. We advocate for patients, doctors, and dispensaries throughout Arizona under this progressive legislation. If you have been criminally charged for possessing, growing or providing marijuana in violation of the Act, we will 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 Attorneys at Law advises you about pursuing this option.

If you are ineligible for drug court, our drug crime defense lawyers in Tucson will challenge the government’s search of your property and person, and the seizure of the drug evidence at every step of the proceedings. We will do what it takes to get you the best result possible.

For an assertive defense when you are charged with a drug offense, call Nesci & St. Louis today at (520) 999-2441.

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