Expungement of Your Arizona Marijuana Possession Conviction

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Aug 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Legal Recreational Marijuana Use in Arizona

Currently, the possession or use of marijuana is considered a class 6 felony in Arizona.  However,  the State of Arizona recently announced that voters in the November, 2020 election will determine whether the recreational use of marijuana will become legal. If passed, the ballot measure would permit the possession, sale and consumption of up to one ounce of marijuana by people 21 years of age and older.  Another important feature however is that individuals previously convicted of low level marijuana offenses can apply to have their convictions expunged.

What is an Expungement

In basic terms, "expunge" means to have something completely erased or removed.  With respect to criminal convictions, expungements are the process by which any record pertaining to a conviction is sealed or destroyed from a person's state or federal criminal history.  Expungements are orders to treat a conviction as if it never occurred.  The benefits of having a conviction expunged include being granted fair access to jobs and housing, restoring your civil rights such as the right to vote and possess a firearm and having the ability to obtain professional licenses which might not otherwise be permitted. Usually, and certainly with respect to marijuana offenses in Arizona, applications for expungement of criminal convictions must be made in the state courts.

Currently, Arizona law only permits individuals to submit applications to have their criminal convictions "set aside." Unfortunately, a set aside does not operate to seal and destroy records of convictions as if they never occurred. 

The Importance In Expunging Your Marijuana Conviction

As mentioned previously, most people prosecuted for marijuana offenses in Arizona will have a class one misdemeanor or class 6 felony on their record.  Undoubtedly, any criminal conviction is serious as it may cause difficulties when applying for jobs or higher education, obtaining a professional license or trying to secure housing.  Felony convictions pose even greater problems as people automatically lose important civil rights such as the right to vote, serve on a jury or possess a firearm. Expunging a marijuana conviction will free you from future challenges and allow you to claim that you were never convicted of this offense.

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Get You Marijuana Possession Conviction Expunged

If Arizona voters pass this initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, people with convictions for low level marijuana offenses should immediately pursue an expungement.  Undoubtedly, an experienced criminal defense attorney could be of invaluable assistance in expediting this process and having your marijuana conviction sealed.  Attorney, Raymond Kimble has practiced criminal defense throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties for over twenty years and is available to assist in having your marijuana conviction expunged.     


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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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