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Leeway is possible for some heroin charges in Arizona

The heroin epidemic across the country has led to many states cracking down on heroin-related crimes. Arizona is one state that does take a harsh stance against these crimes; however, there is a little leeway for some cases involving heroin. If you are facing charges related to heroin, you should be aware of some basic points.

Since heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug in Arizona, criminal charges related to it are felonies. Possession of heroin is a Class 4 felony. Selling heroin is a Class 3 felony unless the sale was to a minor in which case it is a Class 2 felony. Any sales near a school will carry an extra year if you are convicted. Trafficking heroin is also a Class 2 felony, as is manufacturing.

At a minimum for the Class 4 charge, it is assumed that a conviction will carry at least two years and six months in prison. The assumed sentence for a Class 2 felony is five years up to 12 years and six months in prison.

There is one way that you might be able to avoid being convicted of a felony. If you don't have any prior felony convictions and are being charged with the possession of heroin, you might be charged or convicted of a Class 1 misdemeanor. There is a fine that will be imposed and jail time is also possible; however, you wouldn't be branded as a felon.

As you can imagine, you need to work hard on developing a defense. Learning about the state's heroin laws might help you to decide about which points to focus on as you work on a defense.

Source: FindLaw, "Arizona Heroin Laws," accessed Feb. 04, 2016

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