Many Arizona residents may be unclear as to whether marijuana is illegal in our state. This confusion likely stems from our state’s legalization of medical marijuana as well as the national movement towards overall legalization. It does remain a crime to possess the drug in our state even though Arizona law enforcement may choose to simply write a citation for small amounts of the narcotic. If you are arrested and charged with marijuana possession then it is important to take the charges seriously. Hiring a criminal defense attorney who understands the drug laws in our state can make the difference between receiving no jail time and incarceration. This is especially true if you have a medical marijuana card under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). Bretton Barber is a Phoenix criminal defense attorney who devotes his practice to protecting the rights of the accused. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Arizona attorney representing those accused of marijuana possession or paraphernalia charges
Possessing weed is a crime in our state. Marijuana related allegations can possibly take the form of a misdemeanor, but they are almost always initiated as a felony charge. The greater the amount of marijuana one possesses then the more likely they are to face elevated charges. One’s situation will worsen as additional offenses, such as charges for possessing a firearm, are thrown into the mix. If one is facing a misdemeanor then they will appear in Municipal or Justice Court, depending on where they were arrested. If the charge is a felony then one will proceed in Superior Court. Regardless of the charge, a conviction means a permanent criminal record, fines, and future difficulties. It is crucial that you hire an attorney who is familiar with the process.
Bretton is a defense lawyer who ensures that the rights of Arizona residents are protected in marijuana cases. Once retained we will immediately analyze your situation and help you determine the best course of action. This may involve entering a diversion program such as TASC or fighting the charges. If one wishes to proceed with fighting the case then we will file all necessary search and seizure motions and we will explore other options for handling your case at trial. We will be in regular communication with you throughout the process and our attorney regularly provides clients with his cell phone number so he may be available to answer questions. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of service and we strive to do so in each and every case. In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.
Arizona attorney defending those charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute
Cultivating and distributing marijuana will be charged as a serious felony. There is no room for any leeway in the law. Growing or selling small amounts of marijuana may give one the ability to work with prosecutors to reduce the charges and avoid prison time. If one has a medical marijuana card they may be able to have their case dismissed altogether. However, if a person is running a large grow house or is selling large amounts of marijuana across state lines then one will be facing class two felony charges or even federal charges. Bretton is licensed in Federal Court and will defend against such charges.
Our office also recognizes that many people may have been convicted of a marijuana related charge and wish to move on after having completed their requirements. Unfortunately, a permanent criminal record can be an anchor around one’s leg. We are able to assist those eligible with conviction set asides and record expungements.