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