Phoenix, AZ asked in Criminal Law for Arizona

Q: IS IT TRUE THAT ON YEAR 2007; THERE WAS A LAW PASSED ON A DRUG charge,CAUGHT WITH paraphanalia would have no bond?

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Jon Matthew Martinez
Jon Matthew Martinez
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: I am a bit confused by your question. By no bond, do you mean that you will be held in custody or that you will not have to pay a bond in order to get released? Normally for a first time drug possession offender, you will be released by the judge, but they could require you to post a bond or to be released to something like pre-trial services so that they can monitor you or drug test you.

A law was passed called proposition 200 that a first time drug offender cannot be sentenced to prison. Rather, probation would be mandatory so long as they have no other criminal history. You may also be eligible for a diversion program that would allow for random drug testing and classes and once it is completed, you may be able to avoid a criminal conviction altogether.

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