Seattle Drug Possession Lawyer
Aggressive Seattle Drug Crime Attorneys
No drug offense is charged as often as drug possession. Unfortunately for those accused of this crime, Washington still operates under "zero tolerance" statute that classifies all drug possession as a felony. That means that—except in some instances involving marijuana—anyone caught with any type or controlled substance, in any quantity, becomes exposed to serious penalties.
If you have been charged with drug possession, then experienced and aggressive representation is necessary. At Guadagno Law, PLLC, our Seattle drug crime lawyers is led by former prosecutors who are well-versed in how drug cases are processed in our overburdened justice system. They have the knowledge and resources to slow that process down, make our clients' voices heard, and ensure that they are given proper consideration both in and outside of court.
Fight for the reduction or acquittal you deserve. Call our Seattle drug possession lawyers at (206) 895-6800 today.
What are the Penalties for Drug Possession in Washington?
Wa. Rev. Code Ann. § 69.50.4013 defines possession of a controlled dangers substance as class C felony. While Washington law does classify different drugs into different "schedules" (or categories), the possible penalties for any kind of drug possession apply to anyone charged with the crime.
Maximum penalties for drug possession can include:
- Fines up to $10,000
- Five years in prison
There are many factors that will determine the severity of your possession charge. Some of these include:
- The type of drug found
- The amount, or quantity, of the drug in question
- The offender’s criminal history
- The offender’s age
In addition to these, certain facts of you case can also increase your penalties. Penalty enhancements can occur during the following circumstances:
- If firearms were present
- If charges involved drug sales to a minor
- If the crime took place in a protected zone
- If the crime took place in a correctional facility
Note that these are maximum penalties allowable under the law and that reductions can be possible if properly petitioned for by counsel. Additionally, you may be eligible for probation, diversion programs, or Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) if you are struggling with addiction or a medical issue. Whatever your circumstances are, our firm is ready to make resolving this matter for you as swiftly and favorably as possible our absolute priority.
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