Drug Charges At the Yumawellton Checkpoints
Possession of marijuana and dangerous drugs is treated seriously in Arizona. Arizona marijuana laws dictate that even a very small amount of marijuana, or possession of a pipe with residue, can result in you being charged with a felony offense. If you are charged with such an offense, the attorneys at Owens & Perkins, Attorneys at Law are ready to fight for your legal rights.
There are border patrol checkpoints located near Yuma and Wellton, Arizona on Interstate 8 (I-8). Vehicles stopped at these border patrol checkpoints are asked for proof of citizenship and a drug detecting dog is moved around the car to check for the presence of both drugs and illegal aliens. If a dog alerts on your car, you will be pulled into the secondary inspection station, where they will ask to search your car with a drug dog (or K-9 unit).
If you are charged with possession of marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, or heroin, you may be arrested on felony drug charges and taken to the Yuma County Detention Center. If the officer finds a small amount (less than ½ gram) of marijuana, Arizona marijuana law states they may issue you a citation requiring you to appear in either the Yuma or Wellton justice court. These situations play out numerous times every day at these checkpoints.
If this has happened to you, the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Owens & Perkins can help. In most cases involving a small amount of marijuana, we can help prevent a felony from being placed on your record. If you are stopped with a large amount of marijuana or other drugs, we will vigorously defend you on these charges in the Yuma County Superior Court.
It is important that you seek legal advice regarding the laws surrounding the possession of marijuana in Arizona before your court date. One of our attorneys can even appear on your behalf on your court date so you don’t have to – especially if you are from out of state. In many cases we can arrange for you to appear by telephone for further proceedings, thereby saving the time and expense of a trip back to Yuma or Wellton.