Cocaine Crimes in Arizona

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Cocaine is a schedule II controlled substance under federal law and is strictly prohibited in all forms in the state of Arizona. Possessing, selling and trafficking cocaine in any amount can carry extremely harsh penalties and leave you with a felony criminal record, permanently damaging your reputation and future employment prospects. If you have been arrested for a cocaine-related offense, you need to contact a powerful Mesa drug crime lawyer from Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC right away.

Cocaine charges and penalties in Arizona

As one of the most highly addictive and abused narcotic substances in the Grand Canyon State, cocaine carries harsh criminal consequences even for simple possession. Possession of cocaine is considered a Class 4 felony punishable by a maximum of three years in prison, along with a fine of at least $2,000 or an amount equal to three times the value of the amount of cocaine found in a person's possession. In certain rare cases involving a minimal amount of drugs or a defendant who has not been previously convicted of a felony, these charges may be reduced to a Class 1 misdemeanor.

To obtain a conviction for possession, the prosecution must be able to prove:

  • The defendant knowingly possessed cocaine, and
  • Exercised their control or had the ability to exercise control over the drug.

In situations where a defendant is found with an amount of cocaine that exceeds the statutory threshold of 9 grams of powder or 750 milligrams of rock cocaine, charges may increase to possession of cocaine for sale, a Class 2 felony with a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Penalties can increase further depending on a defendant's history of past convictions and whether or not the arrest took place in a drug-free zone, such as near a school.

Get an attorney with a track record of success

If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a cocaine crime, you need a hard-hitting defense attorney on your side right away. Attorney Charlie Naegle has extensive experience handling cases involving cocaine and other drug crimes throughout Arizona. Charlie and his team will level the playing field, investigate the charges against you and work toward the most favorable outcome possible.

Don't face your cocaine charge alone. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Charlie Naegle.

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Mesa, AZ 85206
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