Drug Crimes

What to do if you're arrested for a drug crime


Exercise your right to remain silent
Often in denying ownership, you end up acknowledging that you knew the drugs were in your possession. Better to just keep your mouth shut.


Ask to speak to an attorney
Even if it is the middle of the night and you cannot get ahold of an attorney, simply by asking the question you protect against further interrogation from the police.


Hire an attorney ASAP
Often you will not be charged right away. Usually because the government is waiting for lab results. Use that time to your advantage by getting an attorney to work on your defense right away.

Drug crimes in Arizona

Are you looking at drug charges in Arizona? The drug laws in Arizona can be complex and vary a great deal in terms of punishment. Depending on the details, it is possible to get prison on even your first offense. You need an experienced attorney to help push the odds in your favor against the government. Burges McCowan is a former prosecutor who has handled hundreds of drug cases both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He can help balance the odds in your favor.


Depending on the circumstances, drug possession can lead to prison and have life-changing ramifications. However, with an experienced attorney you can usually avoid jail and may even be able to avoid a permanent conviction on your record. Call today to get Burges started on your case. 

Transportation or Sales

Selling drugs, even a small amount, is treated very harshly in Arizona. The punishment often involves jail even for first time offenders. Depending on the circumstances, you can get accused of transporting or possessing drugs for the purpose of selling them. This can happen even if you really had no intention to sell the drugs. It is important, if you are charged with transportation or sales, to hire an experienced defense attorney who can look for any loopholes that may make the difference between jail and no jail.

Marijuana (ARS 13-3405)

There is a lot of confusion in Arizona these days regarding Medical Marijuana. The police and prosecutors do not like Medical Marijuana and if you make any mistakes following the regulations, they will not hesitate to charge you. It is important to have an experienced defense attorney, like Burges McCowan, to help protect your right to Medical Marijuana. 

Methamphetamine (ARS 13-3407)

Methamphetamine prosecution in Arizona is like the crackdown on “crack” in the 1980’s. Unlike most other drug possession charges, it is possible to get jail for even a first time offense. Even worse, if you are accused of selling meth, it carries a minimum 5 years in prison, regardless of how little the amount. While it is not fair to treat one drug so much more harshly than another drug, it is the reality in Arizona. If you are charged with an offense involving methamphetamine, it is crucial that you get an experienced attorney to make sure you are treated fairly.

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