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Arizona voters approved Proposition 200 several years ago and one of the results is that persons arrested for drug crimes involving possession and personal consumption are given more options for treatment and diversion programs as an effective alternative to jail or prison sentences. To learn more about how Prop 200 charging and sentencing alternatives can help in your drug possession case or to see if you qualify for drug treatment and/or diversion alternatives to jail or prison, contact the expert Arizona drug possession attorneys at The Weingart Firm in Tempe, AZ today for your complimentary consultation.
Arizona Proposition 200 is intended to provide persons charged with minor drug offenses with a chance to avoid jail or prison through alternative channels such as probation and substance abuse treatment. On the first offense of possession of marijuana or other certain drugs, the defendant will typically only be sentenced to a period of probation. First time drug offenders may also be eligible for the Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC) diversion program, which will result in dismissal of the defendant’s drug charges after successful completion of a chemical abuse treatment program and court supervision.
Even those charged with possession for sale of marijuana or cocaine can be eligible for alternative charging and sentencing under Prop 200 if the amounts of drugs involved are relatively small. It is important to note that drug charges involving methamphetamine are no longer eligible for disposition under Prop 200 due to the referendum passed by Arizona voters in 2006.
Defendants charged with a second-time offense of drug possession or minor distribution are also eligible for sentencing under Arizona Prop 200, but may still face a short jail sentence if they are unsuccessful in being granted an order for probation. Our experienced and knowledgeable drug defense attorneys have the expertise and high degree of skill in the courtroom to present the strongest argument in favor of probation should you be charged with a second drug possession or distribution offense in Arizona. The superb legal defense provided by The Weingart Firm in Tempe, AZ can make a huge positive impact on the outcome of your drug possession or distribution case.
Defendants facing a third or subsequent drug offense can easily be sentenced to a lengthy incarceration in an Arizona state prison. If a strong defense on the facts of the current charge(s) cannot be effectively supported by the available evidence, then our talented drug defense attorneys can mount a powerful offensive in an attempt to eliminate one or both of the defendant’s previous convictions to prevent them from being used as the basis for charging the defendant as a third-time offender.
To learn more about how our outstanding drug defense attorneys can use Arizona Prop 200 to maximize the utility from your eligibility for charging and sentencing under Prop 200 or to schedule your free initial consultation, contact The Weingart Firm located in Tempe, AZ today. Arizona is home to some of the most stringent drug laws and severe penalties in the nation and having an experienced and aggressive drug defense attorney can ensure that you are doing everything in your power to preserve your rights and freedom.