Over 40 Years of Combined Legal Experience
Because Arizona is a central location for illegal drug trafficking, the state has some of the toughest drug laws in the country – even minor drug charges can lead to a prison sentence. If you have been arrested or charged with drug crimes, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.
The Blischak Law Firm has decades of experience defending clients against a wide range of drug charges including:
As a former FBI agent and county prosecutor, John W. Blischak is well versed in state and federal narcotics laws and has a working knowledge of the Arizona court system. Over his many years of practice, he has earned a reputation for vigorously defending clients against drug charges involving dangerous and non-dangerous drug
There are a variety of criminal drug charges in Arizona, including:
Controlled substances are classified into five schedules that are determined by the potential for the drug to be abused. The classifications are as follows:
The penalties for drug crimes depend on a number of factors including the classification, quantity, whether the drugs were intended for personal use or distribution, whether the accused is a habitual drug offender, has prior drug convictions or other felony offenses. In addition, possessing or advertising the sale of drug paraphernalia is also illegal. Finally, employing a minor in the commission of a drug crime or committing a drug crime in a school zone will lead to increased sentencing.
In short, misdemeanor convictions may lead to a 6-month prison sentence and a fine up to $2,500 and probation while more serious felony charges can result in significant fines and longer prison sentences. Under Arizona law, however, there are alternatives to prison sentences such as probation for the personal use and possession of drugs. In addition, a diversionary treatment program known as the Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC) offers treatment to first-time offenders in lieu of stiffer penalties. John W. Blischak has extensive knowledge of these sentencing alternatives and works to help clients avoid jail time.
For over 25 years, Blischak Law Firm has vigorously defended clients against drug crimes in Arizona such as marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell, possession or use of dangerous drugs and trafficking or manufacturing dangerous drugs. Although the drug laws are complicated and a conviction can lead to imprisonment, we have the skills and resources to devise successful defense strategies.
In a marijuana possession case, for example, the state must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were knowingly in possession of the drug. In addition, drug possession cases often involve constitutional violations by law enforcement such as illegal search and seizure. This often occurs when drugs are found during a traffic stop, and the police did not have a justifiable reason to stop someone. Similarly, situations often arise when the police fail to recite the Miranda warnings and do not inform the accused of his or her right to remain silent.
Regardless of the charges you are facing or the circumstances of the alleged crime, it is crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner. A conviction will not only lead to a loss of your freedom, but your reputation will also be damaged, making it hard for you to find a job or rent an apartment. We will work diligently to have the charges dropped or to win an acquittal at trial. In some cases, it may be possible to have the charges reduced. If you are under investigation or have been charged with a drug crime, call our office today at (602) 726-2449 or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.
The Law Office of John W. Blischak serves clients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, and throughout the state of Arizona.
Blischak Law Firm is dedicated to providing our clients with informed representation when they need it most. If you are facing criminal charges or you have been injured in an accident, don’t go it alone. We will be your attorneys and your allies and make you case our cause. When you become our client, you can rest assured that we will work to protect your interests. Please contact our office today to set up a consultation.
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