Lynnwood Defense Attorney For Marijuana Possession

What Are The Laws Governing Marijuana?

In the State of Washington, the charges covering possession of marijuana are called VUCSA, which stands for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. One of the controlled substances listed in these laws is marijuana.

The law states that if you possess less than 40 grams, (less than one and a half ounces) you could be charged with a VUCSA related misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana is a Class C felony in the State of Washington. Class C felonies carry a punishment of up to 5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. If you are found in possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana, you could be charged with the intent to sell, which can carry even more severe penalties. Although possession of 40 grams or less is considered a misdemeanor, the sale, cultivation or delivery of any amount of marijuana can cause you to be charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor. The penalties for selling within 1,000 feet of a school and for selling marijuana to minors are even harsher.

Need an attorney for your drug crime case in Lynnwood, WA? If you are charged with possession of marijuana you need to contact a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney knowledgeable with the drug laws in our state. I can help you fight your charges and keep you from going to jail. A drug crime on your record can have serious effects on your future.

Penalties and Defenses to Possession of Marijuana Less Than 40 Grams

Possession of Marijuana (less than 40 grams) carries a mandatory minimum penalty of a $250 and one day in jail. The maximum penalty is 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. If convicted of Possession of Marijuana you will likely also be ordered to get a drug evaluation and follow any recommended drug treatment. As a reasonable member of society, I am well aware that many responsible adults choose to use marijuana in their lives without adverse effect. Still, the court will likely order a drug evaluation. It is important that this drug evaluation be timed correctly to give you the best possible chance of avoiding having serious treatment recommended. For this reason is important that you have a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney who is experienced with the procedures of all of the local courts. Having a knowledgeable advocate will greatly increase your chances of getting a recommendation that makes sense for your life.

As for defending Possession of Marijuana charges, they can often be defended by fighting the constructive possession law. Mere proximity to marijuana is not enough by itself to convict a person of Possession of Marijuana. I have successfully defended many clients on this issue. We may also be able to argue that the marijuana was protected under the Washington State Medical Marijuana law. This is a complicated defense, however, and you should contact my office to discuss the details of this defense in person. Finally, if all else fails, we may still be able to secure a deal from the prosecutor to keep you out of jail and keep the charge off of your record. Again, dealing with each of the prosecutors and courts personally over the last decade gives me an edge in knowing what results are available in each court and the best way to secure them for you. Contact marijuana possession defense attorney Lance R. Fryrear as soon as possible to achieve the best possible results.

Effective Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney in Lynnwood

Having been a prosecutor for the City of Lynnwood for 7 years, I have investigated many marijuana related drug cases. Combined with 17 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, I have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively defend you from possession of marijuana charges.

Looking for an attorney for your drug crime case in Lynnwood, WA? It is imperative that you contact my office immediately upon arrest so that your situation can be assessed and we can take the first steps necessary to obtain you a favorable outcome.

If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana, contact a Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation.