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Types of Illegal Substances in Arizona

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Like most states, Arizona has gone to great lengths to organize the substances it considers illegal into a classification system. These systems serve several purposes. Not only do they allow lawmakers to address different sources of where these drugs come from, but more importantly, they help dictate the severity of the crimes associated with them. It is because of this that understanding what substance your drug charge involved is critical in forecasting what type of penalties you might face.

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Classes of Illegal Substances

There are six major categories for controlled substances in Arizona. They address the substance origin, level of danger it poses to the human body, and the prevalence of addictive use.

The major drug classifications in Arizona include:

  • Narcotic drugs (heroin, cocaine, etc.)
  • Dangerous drugs (mescaline, methamphetamine, etc.)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Toxic vapor substances (chloroform, nitrous oxide, etc.)
  • Peyote

For example, heroin and cocaine would be considered a narcotic, while methamphetamines would fall under dangerous drugs. Depending on which type of drug you are found with, you may be facing severe consequences. It should also be noted that Arizona has also flagged a number of substances that are commonly used in the production of drugs and can charge individuals for possessing certain amounts of materials or substances.

To find out how your drug charge is classified and what penalties it could yield in a court of law, retain knowledgeable representation as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson, PLC, we know how important it is for the accused and their families to understand their charges and how critical proper defense can be in avoiding maximum penalties.

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