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What are Arizona’s laws regarding drugs and school zones?

People who are charged with alleged drug crimes can be subject to serious penalties if convicted. It is important to understand Arizona’s laws regarding these allegations and convictions for anyone who finds themselves in such a situation. Many of the laws are specific to individual substances as well as to circumstances. One example is the set of laws surrounding drugs and what are called drug-free school zones.

The Arizona State Legislature outlines its definition of drug crimes in school zones as well as what is classified as a drug-free school zone. According to the law, a school zone includes all of the following:

  • Physical school locations and all property up to 300 feet from the schools or associated school grounds, such as playgrounds or sports fields.
  • Any public property within a distance of 1,000 feet of any school building or associated grounds.
  • Any public school bus stop.
  • Any bus intended to be used as transportation to and from school for students.

A drug conviction can be sought for charges of illegal drug use in any of these locations.

People can be charged with felony crimes for the manufacture, possession or use of any illegal substance in school zones. Additionally, the believed intention to provide or sell illegal drugs in school zones can result in felony charges. Fines can be levied either based upon the overall value of the drugs involved in a situation or a flat amount, whichever is the higher amount.

Drugs involved can include prescription drugs, narcotic drugs, peyote, marijuana or other drugs deemed to be dangerous. This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information regarding Arizona’s drug-free school zone crime penalties.

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