Arizona Dangerous Drug Classification and Definitions

  
July 1, 2010
By James E. Novak, P.L.L.C. on July 1, 2010 7:15 AM |

Dangerous Drug Defense Attorney

Dangerous Drugs Defined in Arizona

If you have been charged an Arizona "dangerous drugs" crime involving possession, sales, distributing, transport, or manufacturing the penalties are extreme and charges are very serious. You should consult a Phoenix drug crimes lawyer as soon as possible for guidance, and retention to defend your charges. The consequences of a conviction will have a severe adverse impact on your life, freedom and future.

Maybe the concept of "dangerous drugs" sounds broad or general to you. But In fact, "dangerous drugs" is defined under the Arizona Law Criminal Code. Many people who are charged with possession of a "dangerous drug" in Arizona do not even realize it was classified as a "dangerous drug" or that they were committing a crime in the eyes of Arizona Law and prosecution.

Below is the actual definition, including the specific classifications:

Arizona's definition of what constitutes "Dangerous Drugs" can be found in A.R.S. Criminal Code 13-3401(6) reads in detail as follows:

"6. "Dangerous drug" means the following by whatever official, common, usual, chemical or trade name designated:

(a) Any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances and their salts, isomers and salts of isomers, unless specifically excepted, whenever the existence of such salts, isomers and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation

(b) Any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances and their salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers having a potential for abuse associated with a stimulant effect on the central nervous system:
(i) Amphetamine.

(c) Any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a potential for abuse associated with a depressant effect on the central nervous system:
(i) Any substance which contains any quantity of a derivative of barbituric acid, or any salt of a derivative of barbituric acid, unless specifically excepted

(d) Any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following anabolic steroids and their salts, isomers or esters:
(Cited in Part)

Just possessing a dangerous drug may justify a crime and charged as a class 2 felony, punishable by 4 to 10 years in prison, depending on the particular circumstances of the offense. Possession of methamphetamine for sale may be punishable by 5 to 15 years in prison, and enhanced penalties may be imposed if the offense occurs within a certain distance of school grounds or if the defendant has prior convictions of this kind. Arizona takes all drug crimes very seriously. If you face any Arizona drug crime, you should consult an Arizona Drug Lawyer, or Arizona Criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your charges and defense.

If you have been charged with any Arizona DUI, Extreme DUI, Repeat Offense DUI, Under age 21 DUI, DUI with child under 15 in vehicle, Aggravated Felony DUI; any Drug Crimes, including drug sales, drug possession, drug manufacturing, drug paraphernalia,
Drug forgery, Felony Drug, Dangerous Drug, Narcotics, Marijuana, any Arizona DUI, Arizona, Arizona Drug DUI, or any other criminal charge including theft, assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence, drugs crimes, probation violations, robbery, computer crimes, ID theft crimes, or any other criminal charges contact the Law Office of James Novak, for your Free Consultation at (480) 413-1499. Speak directly with experienced Arizona Criminal Defense and Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney and James Novak (Former Prosecutor).

The Law Office of James Novak is devoted to handling 100% DUI, Drug & criminal cases in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa Arizona and surrounding areas valley-wide.

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.