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Though some drugs are now utilized for medicinal purposes or recreationally legal in some parts of the country, others continue to be illegal to buy, sell, and consume no matter where you are. In particular, Arizona courts take drug crimes extremely seriously.

Good people who are otherwise law-abiding citizens can easily become caught up in drug cases—many times with no harm or ill-will intended. Other times, individuals are profiled or even entrapped into drug charges by law enforcement, making the entire case unethical and unfair for the defendant. Many people face criminal charges as the result of substance abuse disorders they did not intend to acquire, such as many of the victims of the ongoing opioid crisis who developed addiction from prescription opioid painkillers.

If you are facing drug charges of any kind, there is hope. Adam Dippel can craft a strong defense to ensure you receive the best representation possible. Attorney Dippel has years of experience guiding clients through the most difficult criminal cases in Arizona, including those pertaining to drug-related offenses.


Attorney Adam Dippel has been providing skilled criminal defense services for nearly a decade. He understands that drug crimes are never as clear cut as they seem and fights to give his clients the best chance at avoiding Arizona drug charges or minimizing their sentencing. Hes understands how local laws can work in his clients’ favor and has a history of success for his clients in the courtroom.

If you want to give yourself a fresh start after drug charges or other drug allegations, The Law Office of Adam Dippel, PLLC, can help. Adam will carefully review the details of your arrest and booking to ensure the police followed the rules of due process and respected your Constitutional rights. Next, he will closely evaluate the strength of the prosecution’s evidence, helping you determine your best available defenses.


The umbrella of drug charges encompasses many distinct types of cases. The legal system has recently become even more complex because some drugs are legal to use with prescriptions or medical use cards. However, those same drugs can be illegal when used in the wrong context.

Arizona law sorts drugs into three distinct categories. These include:

  • Dangerous drugs. These include methamphetamines, steroids, LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, clonazepam, lorazepam, and ecstasy.
  • Narcotics. These include heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, and morphine.
  • Marijuana

Note that marijuana has been approved for medical purposes in Arizona and is also recreationally legal in the state. This means that an individual will only be charged with a marijuana offense if they possess more than the legal limit, sell it without a license, are using it illegally, or are under the age of 21.

No matter the drug, there are a few different drug charges that may apply to your situation. The main categories include:

  • Possession
  • Distribution, trafficking, or intent to sell
  • Manufacturing

Together, the laws state that you cannot manufacture or create illegal drugs, you cannot transport, transfer, or sell them to others, and you cannot personally possess them. The actual sentence for these charges depends entirely on the type of drug, the type of offense, the quantity, and the presence of any prior offenses.

Regardless of your situation, a skilled Arizona drug charge attorney will be able to fight your case which may lead to dismissed charges or a reduction in penalties. Even if your guilt is clear and the prosecution has built an airtight case against you, a reliable defense attorney is still a crucial asset if you intend to agree to a plea bargain that may provide a reduced sentence.


It’s natural to wonder how you can fight drug charges, especially if you were caught with drugs in your possession. Fortunately, there are many avenues a seasoned attorney can use to weaken the case against you. Some examples include:

  • Arguing that the drugs were not yours. For example, if you drove a friend somewhere and they dropped a bag of drugs inside of your vehicle without your knowledge, the police might discover these drugs during a traffic stop and charge you with possession. Your defense attorney can help you determine the best way to prove the drugs do not belong to you and that you had no knowledge they were in your vehicle.
  • Showing that the drugs were found via an illegal search and seizure. Police must uphold the laws of due process when conducting an arrest. Police officers can only perform a search on a person or their vehicle with probable cause, and they may only search a home with a warrant signed by a judge. If you are the victim of illegal search and seizure your defense attorney can potentially have your case dropped on the grounds of these procedural violations.
  • Forcing the prosecution to prove that the substance found is, in fact, a drug. Prosecutors must arrange for proper chemical testing of a substance they allege to be an illegal drug. Your defense attorney may contest the testing lab’s results or prove that the prosecution failed to correctly ascertain the true nature of the substance in question.

When you hire an Arizona drug charge attorney to represent you, it may be difficult to know what to expect. Though every case is different, it is important that your attorney:

  • Listens to your story
  • Asks pertinent questions
  • Remains in communication throughout the course of your case
  • Works hard to build your case

The prosecution must bear what is called the “burden of proof.” This means that it is their responsibility to prove your guilt. If they fail to do so, your presumption of innocence holds, and you will be found not guilty. A skilled criminal defense attorney will be able to analyze and hone in on any potential flaws in the prosecutor’s case and use them to your advantage.


If you are facing drug charges in Arizona, it is crucial to secure the services of a quality Arizona drug crimes lawyer. Attorney Adam Dippel has been helping Arizonans stand strong against unfair charges and authority overreach for ten years. Contact us today to learn more or request a consultation.

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