Drug Charges

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It’s unlawful in Washington State to possess a controlled substance unless it was obtained from a valid prescription or was otherwise legally authorized. Controlled substances include heroin, oxycodone, methamphetamine, Oxycontin, and cocaine, among others.

If a person is convicted of a drug crime in Washington, then it is referred to as a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (or a VUCSA). Washington categorizes drug charges in three categories: misdemeanor (the lightest sentence); gross misdemeanor; and felony (the heaviest sentence).

Although Washington allows for the legal use of marijuana, both medically and recreationally, there still are limits. For instance, for an individual under the age of 21, possession of less than 40 grams (just under 1 ounce) of marijuana is a misdemeanor. However, most non-cannabis drug possession charges in Washington are felonies.

A drug conviction can have a drastic impact on your life, so it’s important to understand potential defenses that lead to case dismissals. I am Chad Foster, a drug crime attorney, who serves Snohomish and King counties out of an office in Bothell. If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance, call 425.785.8679, so that we can begin working on your case immediately.

Gross Misdemeanor Penalties

A gross misdemeanor offense is a crime that is not serious enough to be considered a felony but requires more penalties than a simple misdemeanor. Gross misdemeanor crimes include delivering drug paraphernalia to a minor.

The penalties for a gross misdemeanor conviction include:

  • up to a maximum term of one year of imprisonment in the county jail
  • a maximum fine of $5,000
  • or a combination of the two

Misdemeanor Penalties

Misdemeanor penalties include possession of forty grams or less of marijuana and other lesser drug crimes. The penalties for a misdemeanor conviction include:

  • a fixed prison term of no more than 90 days
  • a maximum fine of $1,000
  • or a combination of the two

Aggressive Defense Against Criminal Drug Charges

The Law Office of Chad Foster believes that there are opportunities in every case to improve the current situation. You just need to know where to look, and you can rest assured knowing that every effort will be placed into have your charge dismissed. In drug cases, the key to a solid defense is suppressing the evidence. In most VUCSA crimes the evidence is the drugs themselves. If it can be proven that police made some error when collecting the evidence, it may not be admissible in court. With no evidence to support the charges, it is hard for a jury to make a conviction.

When facing a serious charge like this, your attorney will need as much time as possible to gather evidence to find an effective defense to your charges.

Chad Foster is a trusted Washington lawyer serving Snohomish and King counties with an office in Bothell. Contact us today to discuss your legal issue.

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