Arizona classifies controlled substances in a number of different categories, with heroin falling squarely in the “narcotic drugs” class. Heroin is considered an opiate that is both highly addictive and highly dangerous to its users. For these reasons, it is considered a high priority illegal substance—not just in Arizona, but all over the country.

If you have been caught in possession of or selling heroin, the penalties are substantial. It is critical you seek aggressive, competent representation that will see these charges through with you and pursue every avenue to reduce or dismiss them. Start your defense today by calling on our dedicated Phoenix drug crime lawyer.


The most common drug charges associated with heroin are possession and sale or transfer. The narcotic classification of heroin makes the penalties especially harsh, even for minor offenses.

Penalties for sale and possession of heroin include:

  • Possession: Up to 3 years and 9 months of prison and $2,000 in fines.
  • Sale: Up to 12 years and 6 months in prison and $150,000 in fines.

These are just the broad strokes of these penalties. Other factors, such as offenses committed in school zones or repeat offenses could mean further penalty for the accused. Furthermore, you may be required to enroll in a substance abuse program or community service.

You do not have to accept the maximum penalties for these crimes. Give yourself the best chance to reduce or avoid these charges by retaining the Law Offices of José A. Saldivar for your defense. Our Phoenix criminal lawyer can provide knowledgeable and assertive representation for your heroin charges!


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