Can I go to jail for Possession of Marijuana in Arizona?

by Aaron Black • January 10, 2012

Possession of Marijuana in Arizona is a felony. Possession of Marijuana can land you in jail or even prison. In Arizona, Possession of Marijuana falls under the Arizona Legislation Proposition 200. "Prop 200" is basically three strikes and you are out:

The first time you are convicted of possession of Marijuana you cannot go to jail. The only punishment is up to 3 years of probation.

Your second conviction will result in probation and up to one year in county jail.

A third conviction can result in a mandatory prison sentence if you are found guilty after trial.

You will not be eligible for Prop 200 if you have a violent criminal history, prior convictions for the sale or transportation of drugs, drug DUI, or methamphetamine convictions.

Marijuana and probation may not seem like a big deal. However, having a felony on your record will negatively impact your entire life. You will not be able to obtain school loans and financing, landlords may be unwilling to rent to you, and employers may not want to hire a felon.

If you have been arrested for Possession of Marijuana call Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black for a free consultation at 480-729-1683.

Normally, Aaron Black can resolve a first time Possession of Marijuana case by negotiating it down to a misdemeanor or having his client enrolled in TASC. TASC is an Adult Deferred Prosecution Program. If you successfully complete the monthly random urine tests and complete the drug class your case will be dismissed.

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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