Possession of marijuana in Scottsdale, AZ is considered a serious criminal offense

by Aaron Black • January 17, 2017
Criminal offensePossession of marijuana (Canibus) in Scottsdale is considered a felony and it falls under the Arizona Legislation known as Proposition 200. Proposition 200 (Prop 200) is essentially three strikes and you’re out. Even with the passing of the medical marijuana act which passed in 2010, known as Proposition 203, possession of marijuana still comes with limitations.

In order to be eligible for Prop 200, you cannot have prior convictions for the sale or transportation of drugs, a methamphetamine conviction, a violent criminal history or a drug related DUI.

The first conviction for possession won’t land you in jail however you can face up to 3 years of probation. A first-time conviction may be negotiated down to a misdemeanor or perhaps enrollment in a program called TASC (Treatment Assessment Screening Center). TASC is an Adult deferred prosecution program and if successfully completed which includes monthly random urine tests and the completion of a drug class your case will be dismissed.

A second conviction will also result in probation however you could face the possibility of up to one year in county jail. If found guilty for possession of pot a third time, a conviction can land you a mandatory prison sentence if found guilty after trial.

As I mentioned above Medical marijuana also comes with limitations too. For example, if you are found to be under the influence of medical marijuana while being in control of a motorized vehicle be it an automobile or watercraft you can also be charged with a criminal offense.

Medical Marijuana use allowable by Law

  • A qualifying patient can possess up to 2.5 ounces (as recommended by their physician.)
  • In some instances, a patient may be able to cultivate marijuana. A qualifying patient must have an identification card that verifies that they are eligible to cultivate the plant.
If you are facing criminal charges for possession of marijuana it is imperative that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. In addition to the penalties associated with possession the ramifications go far beyond that. In short, a felony conviction does not go away and will affect the rest of your life.

For more in-depth information about the ramifications of marijuana possession in Scottsdale, Arizona, click here to contact criminal defense attorney Aaron Black or call (480)729-1683 for a free consultation today!

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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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