Phoenix Lawyer Handling Drug Trafficking Charges

drugs in handWhile society’s view of drug possession may be changing, its opinion on dealing drugs is not. Arizona prosecutors will quickly pursue those who are caught selling illegal narcotics to others. Depending on the circumstances one may be facing state or federal charges. If you are charged with drug trafficking (referred to as “possessing drugs for the purpose of sale” in Arizona) then you are facing a serious situation. It is important that you retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Bretton Barber is a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer who believes that everyone is entitled to both effective representation and respect. He provides assistance to those charged with drug trafficking. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Phoenix attorney representing Arizona residents accused of possessing drugs for sale and for drug trafficking

Possessing drugs with the intent to sell is a serious felony in Arizona. This is true regardless of the type or amount of drugs in question. The seriousness of the felony will increase with certain narcotic types and as the amount seized increases. Additional firearm charges will be added if one is in possession of a gun. Common narcotics at issue in possession for sale cases include:

  • Marijuana
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Prescription Pills
  • Methamphetamine

If one is facing such charges in Superior Court then they will be subject to Arizona’s criminal penalties. These penalties can range from a Class Six to a Class Two felony. If one is facing federal charges then they will be subject to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

If one is charged with drug trafficking then they will enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.” A trial date will be set and defense counsel will obtain all available evidence. Drug-related matters often hinge on search and seizure issues resulting from law enforcement’s violations of the Fourth Amendment. If such issues are present in one’s case then it may be possible to have the drugs excluded from evidence. If this occurs then, depending on the nature of the case, it may be possible to have the charges dismissed. If a dismissal is not possible then it is the prosecution’s burden to prove that one a) knowingly possessed drugs and b) that they intended to distribute them. An experienced attorney can assist with exploring all possible defense options.

Bretton Barber is a criminal defense lawyer who devotes his practice to protecting the rights of the accused. Once retained he will immediately gather the arrest reports as well as any other evidence. If one’s rights were violated then he will quickly file the necessary motions to suppress any unlawfully seized evidence. He will aggressively examine law enforcement at the evidentiary hearing and ensure that your rights are protected. He will also explore issues such as whether one was actually in knowing possession of narcotics. We will keep you informed through each step of the process and ensure that you know what to expect going forward. Contact our office today.

In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.

Arizona lawyer defending those charged with drug trafficking in Federal Court

In most cases, charges related to possessing drugs for sale are filed in Superior Court. However Arizona is a border state, and we also have many Indian Reservations. Anyone caught trafficking drugs across our extensive border or through a reservation will find themselves in Federal Court. Federal Court is different from being charged in Superior Court in the fact that the U.S. government is filing the charges. This means that Federal Sentencing Guidelines will be at issue, all deadlines will be strictly enforced, and the attorney you hire must be licensed to practice in Federal Court. Bretton has the qualifications and experience necessary to represent Arizona residents facing federal charges.