The term dangerous drugs is typically associated with personal injury law. In Arizona, the term is connected to crimes involving the manufacturing of drugs deemed dangerous.

What Drugs Does Arizona Deem Dangerous?

Arizona state law makes any drug, including prescription narcotics, a dangerous drug. Examples of dangerous drugs include:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Pain killers
  • Some antidepressants
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy

What Does It Mean to Manufacture a Drug?

Generally manufacturing a drug refers to producing an illegal substance via natural extraction or chemical synthesis.

What is the Punishment for Manufacturing a Dangerous Drug in Arizona?

Manufacturing a dangerous drug is a class 2 felony. The possible sentence is up to 12 and half years in prison if the defendant is convicted of having an amount below the threshold. The sentence gets higher with each drug manufacturing conviction. A second offense can be punished by up to 23 years in prison. The third conviction can result in up to 35 years in prison.

What If I Only Have the Equipment to Manufacture?

Yes. In Arizona it’s a class 3 felony even if you only have the equipment.. A first offense is a little under nine years in prison. If convicted a second time of the same offense, about 16 years in prison. A person can be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for a third conviction.

Is Drug Cultivation the Same as Manufacturing a Dangerous Drug?

No. Drug cultivation involves growing plants considered a controlled substance. This includes plants like opium and marijuana. In most states, drug cultivation is included in drug manufacturing but it is separate in Arizona.

Can a Lawyer Help Me With My Drug Charge?

Yes, if you are facing a manufacturing a dangerous drug charge a drug lawyer in Arizona will help you. You can find out what defenses are available to you and how to proceed with your case.