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Question: What would happen if you were caught using drugs?


If you are caught using or possessing drugs, you would be arrested, taken to jail and charged with possession of the drug. The Prosecutor would then have to prove that you knowingly used or were in possession of a usable amount of the illegal drug.

In Arizona, the law under which you would be prosecuted depends on the type and amount of drug used or carried on one's person. The possible penalties for violation of these laws include fines, prison time, and probation depending on history of convictions and the current violation. The crimres range from a Class 6 to a Class 2 Felony. You can check A.R.S. § 13-3402 (peyote), A.R.S. § 13-3405 (marijuana), A.R.S. § 13-3407 (Dangerous Drugs including methamphetamine and LSD), and A.R.S. § 13-3408 (Narcotics including cocaine and crack) for specific definitions and penalties.

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On 01/24/08
linzie from CT said:
my friend just got expelled from school for having drugs
On 12/08/05
PB & J from OH said:
If I got caught doing drugs my parents said they would kick me out of the house and put me in DH. That is not cool but it is good to know that they care.
On 04/17/05
Brian from Othr said:
What I dont understand is why kids around my age would already want to choose to mess up their life at such a young age. There is so much to live for and we havent even begun our lives yet! Could you thorw your life away at my age? My brother just got caught with it and I personally hate his guts now!!
On 04/17/05
Brian from Othr said:
I think that marijuana is good in some cases but there is some really crazy people in the world and they decide to abuse the fact that people may actually need to smoke it just so they can get out of bed and go to work. But people abuse that fact.
On 04/16/05
david from AL said:
i was caught using drugs i got 1year in juvevi and4 months probation theonly reason durgs are illegal is because they cant tax it
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