Types of Drug Charges in Chandler

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Many states across the country have significantly relaxed their laws dealing with the possession of controlled substances for personal use, and fortunately for residents of Arizona, our state is part of that group. That said, the law has not changed its approach to other types of drug charges in Chandler at all, and most offenses other than simple possession are still categorized as serious felonies.

Understanding the difference between the various drug charges codified in the Arizona Revised Statutes will be an important step towards contesting any more specific allegations you may be facing. Here is a brief guide to the different drug offenses someone can be charged with, all of which our seasoned drug defense lawyer can help you build a strong case defense against.


As of 2023, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana purchased from a licensed dispensary solely for personal use is legal in Arizona, and possession of between one and 2.5 ounces of marijuana, is a petty offense punishable by a maximum $100 fine without any threat of probation or jail time. Possession of other controlled substances—as well as illegal drug paraphernalia, like syringes—is still technically categorized as a Class 6 felony. The recent passage of “Proposition 200” says first-time and second-time offenders convicted of simple drug possession can only be fined for a misdemeanor offense and sentenced to probation if they complete mandatory drug abuse treatment instead of prison time.

Importantly, though, being found in possession of more than a “threshold amount” of certain controlled substances will usually result in police assuming an “intent to distribute” and pursuing more serious felony charges. In general, possessing more than $1,000 worth of any controlled substance can be treated as intent to distribute, but certain types of drugs have specific threshold amounts which can lead to this sort of charge for a person in Chandler. These thresholds include nine grams or more of cocaine, or two pounds or more of marijuana.


State law treats both the selling and distribution, and the manufacturing or cultivating of controlled substances as high-level felony offenses. That includes marijuana, if it is done outside a licensed dispensary. In particular, the law imposes harsher sanctions on people convicted of distributing and manufacturing “dangerous” and “narcotic” drugs compared to those accused of doing the same with other categories of controlled substances, such as peyote, inhalants, and unlawfully obtained prescription drugs.

Finally, trafficking of controlled substances into or out of the state of the state is generally treated more harshly than any other type of drug charge in Chandler. First-time offenders are often subject to multiple years of imprisonment upon conviction. Each case is unique, so it is always worth discussing the best approach to a specific allegation with our knowledgeable lawyers.


There is an exhaustive list of the types of drug charges someone could experience, with many different factors at play. The best thing you can do right now is find representation from a dedicated legal professional with a track record of getting favorable results from similar cases in the past.

Grand Canyon Law Group can assist you with building a defense against all types of drug charges in Chandler. Schedule an initial consultation by calling today.