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Drug Crimes

Based in Tucson, D. Jesse Smith, Attorney at Law is a criminal defense attorney representing clients charged with drug crimes in Arizona state and federal courts. Jesse Smith has practiced criminal law in Pima County for over 35 years, and has the legal skill and experience to effectively handle drug crime cases, from possession of marijuana to drug conspiracy cases involving heroin or cocaine.

How are drug charges handled in Arizona?

Many factors determine the seriousness of drug charges in Arizona. First of all, drugs are classified according to how dangerous a drug is perceived to be, how addictive it is, and whether it has any proven medical use. Drugs like heroin and LSD are considered to be the most dangerous drugs, while over-the-counter drugs rank low on the list. Along with classification, the quantity of drugs in possession, the purpose for which a drug is possessed, and any prior convictions determine the seriousness of the charges you may face if you are found using or possessing drugs. Jesse Smith has successfully defended clients charged with drug crimes involving:

  • Drug conspiracy
  • Drug possession
  • Possession with intent for sale
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine, or meth
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Prescription drugs, including OxyContin

Producing, manufacturing, and selling illegal drugs are the most serious drug crimes. For example, possession of even a small amount of marijuana for sale is generally charged as at least a class 4 felony, punishable by one and a half to three years in prison.

How can I face drug conspiracy charges if I never actually bought or sold drugs?

Under Arizona and federal law, conspiracy is a separate offense than the crime carried out. It involves agreeing with someone to do something for criminal purposes, but the criminal plan does not actually have to be accomplished to be charged with conspiracy. It is not even necessary to know the details of the crime or be involved in the planning. Simply understanding the illegal nature of the plan and acting in some way to further the plan is enough to be charged with conspiracy.

In drug conspiracy cases, the state may try to prosecute a “chain” of people allegedly involved in bringing a drug to the street. Jesse Smith has extensive experience defending clients charged in drug conspiracy cases, always working to reduce charges, minimize penalties, and ultimately achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

Seek Experienced Defense Representation to Protect Your Rights & Your Future

If you face charges for a drug crime, whether simple possession or a serious drug offense, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Contact D. Jesse Smith, Attorney at Law for a free initial consultation. Se habla español.

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  • Tucson Office
    100 N. Stone Avenue
    Suite 801
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
    Phone: 520-623-8343
    Fax: 520-792-2139