This is the first post in my newest series addressing what Phoenix residents need to know after an arrest for possession or possession with intent to sell or distribute heroin. I am writing this post to provide answers to questions I frequently receive from current and prospective clients. Facing charges on drug related crimes can be frightening and embarrassing, and gaining as much information about what is to come can help calm your nerves and prepare you for what happens next. The next few posts will discuss a general outline of the process as well as 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
After an arrest for heroin possession or sales, Arizonans can expect to be taken immediately to jail, or to receive a summons for a later court date. If you were cited and released on a drug charge, it is imperative that you appear on the date listed on your summons, or obtain counsel to appear with or for you. Failure to respond to a citation can lead to your re-arrest and the loss of release on your own recognizance in the future.
If you were taken into custody then you have the option to post bail or to remain in custody until your case resolves. If your lawyer is able to negotiate a conditional release wherein you are ordered into a drug rehabilitation program you must immediately report to the program or risk re-arrest, additional bail and possible additional charges. A qualified Phoenix criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate these complicated issues and begin a path towards recovery.
Your lawyer will present you with several options after your arrest. You may want to negotiate with the prosecutor for drug treatment, or you may want to proceed towards trial or other motions. It is in your best interest that you engage an attorney familiar with the local judges and treatment programs when facing charges involving heroin. These charges can carry heavy penalties and in many cases admitting you suffer from a disease and need help can help mitigate these penalties.
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.