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A. Except as otherwise prescribed in § 13-3411, a person who is convicted of a felony offense that is committed in a school safety zone is guilty of the same class of felony that the person would otherwise be guilty of if the violation had not occurred within a school safety zone, except that the court may impose a sentence that is one year longer than the minimum, maximum and presumptive sentence for that violation if the person is not a criminal street gang member or up to five years longer than the minimum, maximum and presumptive sentence for that violation if the person is a criminal street gang member. The additional sentence imposed under this subsection is in addition to any other enhanced punishment that may be applicable under § 13-703, § 13-704, § 13-706, § 13-708, subsection D or chapter 34 of this title.
B. In addition to any other penalty prescribed by this title, the court may order a person who is subject to subsection A of this section to pay a fine of not less than two thousand dollars and not more than the maximum authorized by chapter 8 of this title.
C. Each school district governing board or its designee, or chief administrative officer in the case of a nonpublic or charter school, may place and maintain permanently affixed signs that are located in a visible manner at the main entrance of each school and that identify the school and its accompanying grounds as a school safety zone. A school may include information regarding the school safety zone boundaries on a sign that identifies the area as a drug free zone and not post separate school safety zone signs.
D. For the purposes of this section:
1. “School” means any public or nonpublic kindergarten program, common school or high school.
2. “School safety zone” means any of the following:
(a) The area within three hundred feet of a school or its accompanying grounds.
(b) Any public property within one thousand feet of a school or its accompanying grounds.
(c) Any school bus.
(d) A bus contracted to transport pupils to any school during the time when the contracted vehicle is transporting pupils on behalf of the school.
(e) A school bus stop.
(f) Any bus stop where school children are awaiting, boarding or exiting a bus contracted to transport pupils to any school.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Arizona Revised Statutes Title 13. Criminal Code § 13-709. Offenses committed in school safety zone; sentences; definitions - last updated March 08, 2022 | https://codes.findlaw.com/az/title-13-criminal-code/az-rev-st-sect-13-709/
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