Narcotic and Dangerous Drugs


When most people think of illegal drugs they usually think of such drugs as marijuana, meth, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, etc. However the list of these types of drugs is very big with so many different types of drugs.

When most people think of illegal drugs they usually think of such drugs as marijuana, meth, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, etc. However the list of these types of drugs is very big with so many different types of drugs.

Narcotic And Dangerous DrugsIn terms of the law, any type of illegal drug is going to fall into one of two categories, either narcotic or dangerous. If someone is caught with substances from both category, then they will be charged with convictions for both of the categories.

For example, if a person is arrested, searched, and found with both cocaine and methamphetamine on their person, then they can be arrested and charged for possession of a Class 4 dangerous drug as well as possession of a Class 4 narcotic drug.

In the western United States, the most common illegal drug is marijuana. With many changes in the law, there are growing changes in the possession laws. However, not everyone is aware who and how much a person can possess so there will still be possession charges. Even in Arizona, one of the more recent states to change marijuana laws, people may be able to possess certain licenses to possess marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, marijuana possession can still categorized as a Class 6 felony. This is is a shock for many people, especially those not from Arizona, because in different states it is not a felony.

In terms of what are the penalties are if you are found or arrested for one of these offenses, as long as you don’t have any prior convictions of possession of drugs, the conviction may be lighter. In Arizona, Proposition 200 passed about a year ago, which applies to possession of marijuana. The intent of the law was to create laws that would not fill up jails with people who only are possessing drugs.

Proposition 200 basically created a three strike rule for possession of drug cases. If you are arrested on one of these offenses and you have no drug strikes or convictions, then the law says you get mandatory probation. This means that you will not go to jail or prison from these offenses. You can be convicted of the offense, but it’s going to be mandatory probation because the goal is rehabilitation in terms of drugs.

In Maricopa County, the most ideal situation that a good defense lawyer is going to try to get for a client is a program called TASC. This is a third party program that conducts drug rehabilitation and drug testing. In Maricopa County, you are only allowed to go through TASC one time. If you receive your first drug offense in Arizona, such as for marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy and you have never been in TASC, then we will try to get you into this program.

TASC is a drug diversion program for possession of illegal drugs. If you are arrested for possession and you agree to TASC, then you have to go through drug testing, remain clean, and attend drug rehabilitation classes.

If a person successfully completes TASC, then all the drug charges can be erased off the record as if it never happened.

By Michael Munoz

Free Initial Consultation Get Help Now

Hiring Munoz Law Office was the best choice I ever made! Michael went to great lengths to get the best results for my case and I could not be happier. Thank you to Michael and the helpful staff at Muñoz Law Office.

– K. – 4/26/11

See What We're Up To