It can happen fast. Say you’re driving down Route 66 in Flagstaff and you get pulled over for speeding by Flagstaff Police. The officers ask if you’ve been drinking or smoking weed. They end up searching your car and find a small baggie of marijuana. Maybe it’s your friend’s, or your brother’s, or you didn’t even know it was there. But you get charged with Possession or Use of Marijuana or worse yet Possessing or Transporting Marijuana for Sale.
Arizona marijuana crimes occurring in Flagstaff can end up as felonies or misdemeanors. If the weight of the marijuana is 2 or more pounds, most likely you’ll be looking at felony charges in Coconino County Superior Court in downtown Flagstaff. If you’ve got under 2 pounds, like a little baggie for personal use, depending on your prior criminal history, misdemeanor charges are a possibility in the Flagstaff Municipal Court on Beaver Street. If you’re convicted of simple possession of marijuana, you’re looking at a minimum fine of $750, or significantly more. You can end up in drug treatment, or jail.
Possession of Marijuana for Sale, or Transporting Marijuana for Sale, are very serious felony offenses in Arizona. These cases happen in Northern Arizona in I-40 and I-17 regularly, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (highway patrol) are well-aware of drug courier profiles and how to spot those transporting marijuana. Depending on the weight of the drugs, you could end up in prison, with a felony conviction on your record. You need a lawyer fast if you’re arrested for a felony drug offense. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Another possible criminal charge is possession of drug paraphernalia.
That marijuana pipe you have, or that baggie with marijuana residue, or that water bong all can lead to further criminal charges under Arizona Revised Statutes section 13-3415(A), which states: It is unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a drug in violation of this chapter. Any person who violates this subsection is guilty of a class 6 felony. Yes, that’s a lot of options for committing a crime.
Analyze marijuana? Propagate marijuana? Class 6 felony. Again, like the simple possession of marijuana charges discussed above, you should be trying to get a misdemeanor or deferral of your case for possession of drug paraphernalia. DUI – Drugs Remember the hypothetical above? Say you’re driving down S. Milton Road in Flagstaff and you get pulled over and the cops find a baggie of marijuana. Next thing you know, you’re under investigation for DUI.
If you have a metabolite of THC (active ingredient in marijuana) in your system while driving… boom, DUI. The police will probably get a urine sample from you. (See my article about this: http://www.flagstaff-lawyer.com/2011/04/flagstaff-dui-and-admin-per-se-implied.html) So if you have marijuana in a vehicle, look out for that DUI investigation that is almost guaranteed to happen if you’re pulled over. If you are facing marijuana charges in Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, or anywhere in Northern Arizona, call Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation on your criminal case, including nights and weekends.