On November 3rd, 2020, Arizona voters passed Arizona Proposition 207. This proposition decriminalized marijuana use and possession in the state of Arizona. This decriminalization leaves many with the question of “What does this mean for people who have been charged and convicted of marijuana related crimes prior to the legalization?” Below, you will find a couple of common questions people have after Prop 207 passed.
What Does Prop 207 Mean For Marijuana Convictions in Arizona?
Proposition 207 includes a new statute. (A.R.S. § 36-2862) This statute allows some people to petition courts to seal their marijuana related criminal records. You can have your records sealed if you were arrested, charged, convicted or acquitted on any of the following offenses:
How To Expunge a Marijuana Conviction in AZ
For those who wish to expunge a marijuana conviction in Arizona, you will need to file a petition with the court. To streamline this process, you will want to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you with the filing process. Once you have filed the petition, the court will provide the prosecuting agency 30 days to respond. If disputed, you may have to attend a hearing. Once the court grants your petition, it will issue a signed order stating that it has expunged all records of your arrest, charge, conviction, adjudication and sentence. Your civil rights will be restored and yoru records will be sealed.
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