Why am I charged with Conspiracy to Sell Drugs in Maricopa County? I never sold anything!

by Aaron Black • October 30, 2012

Conspiracy to sell drugs in Maricopa County is charged when the state believes a person committed conspiracy by intending to promote or aid the commission of an offense. Such person agrees with one or more persons that at least one of them or another person will engage in conduct constituting the offense and one of the parties commits an overt act in furtherance of the offense...ARS 13-1003A

The problem with conspiracy cases is that a person who made one simple phone call and had nothing else to do with the sale or transportation of the drugs is just as responsible as the ring leader. Because that one person's name appeared during a wiretap, that person will also be charged with conspiracy to sell drugs. This means that even if a person never sold drugs and never even saw the drugs they can still be charged with conspiracy to sell the drugs.

Felony Criminal Offense Penalties

Class 6 felony - Class 6 felony carries a maximum punishment of 2 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges. Class 6 felonies can include charges such as possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, aggravated DUI, theft, and possession of marijuana."
 
Class 5 felony - A class 5 felony offense carries a maximum punishment of 2.5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges. Some examples of class 5 felony offenses include theft of a credit card, unlawful flight from law enforcement, criminal damage, theft and aggravated assault on a police officer.
 
Class 4 felony - A class 4 felony is punishable by a maximum punishment is 3.75 years in prison, 4 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges. Class 4 felony offenses include aggravated DUI, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, forgery, identity theft and burglary.
 
Class 3 felony - A class 3 felony offense is punishable by up to 8.75 years in prison, 5 years of probation and a $150,000 and surcharges. Examples of class 3 felony offenses include theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana for sale, theft, burglary, aggravated robbery and trafficking stolen property.
 
Class 2 felony - A class 2 felony offense is punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison, 7 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges. Class 2 felony offenses include possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, manslaughter, aggravated assault, sexual assault, child prostitution, armed robbery, assisting a criminal street gang, burglary, discharging a firearm, theft and fraudulent schemes.
 
Class 1 felony - A class 1 felony offense is the most serious crime a person can be charged with and is reserved for murder charges only. A class 1 felony carries a minimum of 25 years to life and has a maximum penalty of the death penalty.

If you have been charged with conspiracy to sell drugs call Aaron Black and start fighting these charges. Aaron is a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer and one of the leading trial attorneys in Arizona. He is recognized as a 2012 Super Lawyer Rising Star