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The illegal possession of any controlled substances carries serious consequences in any part of the U.S., especially Arizona. The law in Arizona prohibits a person from knowingly possessing marijuana for personal use or for sale. Cultivation, production, and transportation of marijuana is also expressly prohibited. In Arizona, possessing even just a small amount of marijuana can be a very serious offense and possession of less than two pounds of marijuana for personal use constitutes a class 6 felony. As other states in this country are relaxing their marijuana laws, Arizona marijuana laws remain some of the strictest in the nation. If you have been arrested or charged with a marijuana crime in Arizona, then the assistance and legal representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney from The Weingart Firm can help you minimize your exposure to the risk of punishment.
Individuals charged with possession or use of marijuana may face penalties in addition to any incarceration they are ordered to serve. Fines may be assessed in the amount of $750 or triple the value of they marijuana recovered, whichever is larger. Probation and community service may also be required as conditions of a plea agreement to reduce marijuana possession or use charges.
Arizona Proposition 200 is a referendum that was approved by Arizona voters in 1996 that eliminates jail time for non-violent drug offenders who are convicted of their first or second felony drug offense. The goal of this proposition was to allow non-violent drug offenders the opportunity to seek treatment for their drug use rather than going to jail or prison. Criminal charges stemming from personal use and/or possession of under two pounds of marijuana are covered by the literature contained in Proposition 200.
TASC is a drug diversion program that allows for deferred sentencing in which an individual charged with a first-time low-level drug offense (excluding methamphetamine-related charges) can complete a substance abuse treatment program in lieu of jail time or another severe penalty that results from a conviction of a marijuana or other drug offense. If you have been charged with a first or even a second marijuana related offense, then you may be eligible to receive a deferred sentence by utilizing the provisions set forth under Arizona Proposition 200. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will be sure to take the necessary steps to ensure your qualification for the TASC program so that you can focus on rehabilitation outside of the confines of a jail cell.
If you have been arrested or charged with possession of marijuana for personal use, or for sale, then you can benefit immensely from the experience and insight of the expert criminal defense attorneys of The Weingart Firm. Our seasoned trial lawyers represent clients from all areas of Arizona including the Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale areas of Maricopa County. Our founding attorney, Mark Weingart has vast experience on both sides of the bench and will use his extensive knowledge of previous cases and courtroom procedure to your advantage at all stages of your case. To discuss your current situation with a certified specialist in Arizona criminal law, contact The Weingart Firm for your free consultation today!