This is my final post in my series regarding the handling of heroin cases in Phoenix, Arizona. This series outlined the consequences of an arrest for possession or sales of heroin and indicated some actions an attorney can take in defending you against such charges. The series also covered the following topics:
- Why Arizona Courts take cases involving heroin so seriously
- Common search and seizure issues in Phoenix heroin cases
- How your lawyer can help you through plea negotiations and treatment programs
The penalties for possession or sales of heroin can be quite severe in Arizona. It is important that if you are arrested and charged with one of these crimes that you obtain experienced and qualified criminal defense counsel. An attorney familiar with the local courts, treatment programs, and prosecutors can be your path to recovery and remaining out of custody. This can help you to be able to work and to care for your family. Treatment for addiction can be an important part of negotiating any heroin related cases. It may be in your best interest to seek treatment immediately to facilitate negotiations. A lawyer familiar with all your local options can assist you in choosing the program that is right for you.
In addition to familiarity with the local system, it is important that your lawyer has a thorough knowledge of the law and can spot any common issues such as unlawful search and seizures, deficiencies in search warrants, weak prosecutorial filings, and other defenses. Counsel will review all discovery, including any chemical tests performed on the substance seized by the police. Sometimes the substance is artificial, and sometimes lab protocol is violated during testing. An attorney familiar with the lab and its scientists can review the tests and ensure they were done correctly and are accurate.
Facing charges for possession or possession for sale or with intent to distribute heroin can be very frightening and embarrassing. Understanding what happens next in the process and having counsel to guide you through and safeguard your interests and discuss your options without judgment can be a great asset while you go through this trying experience.
If you are a Phoenix resident and you have been arrested for possession or possession with intent to sell or distribute heroin contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. I also service other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert as well as assisting Pima County residents in Tucson.