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What is a Dangerous Drug charge in Arizona?


A Dangerous Drug normally means any prescription narcotic or any other drug which is not marijuana. Most often this is methamphetamine, cocaine, or some type of prescription for either a pain killer or an antidepressant.

Possible Punishment for Possession or Use of a Dangerous Drug

A violation of this section is a class four (4) felony. If the drug is not a methamphetamine or amphetamine, and the defendant has never been convicted of a felony, the judge has the option of classifying the crime as a class one (1) misdemeanor.

However, under Proposition 200, certain drugs qualify for “probation only” sentences for first and second nonviolent possession offenses. If the drug qualifies under Prop 200 (methamphetamine does not qualify), the defendant may not be sentenced to prison or jail until her third “possession only” conviction; the only possible sentence is a term of probation. However, if you fail on probation, you can be taken into custody and forced to sit from two to four (2-4) weeks until the judge reinstates your probation and releases you. Normally, we can resolve these charges by either pleading them down to a misdemeanor (which can carry up to six (6) months in jail if you violate probation), or to a “TASC” resolution.

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