Recently I, Lance Fryrear, was approached by a client under the age of 21 and he/she was facing possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. The penalties for these charges in the state of Washington are strict. Both offenses are generally charged as a misdemeanor and they are each punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The breakdown of penalties in the state for marijuana possession include:
Between one ounce and 40 grams:
- Fine between $250 and $500 (could be greater depending on the circumstance)
- Jail sentence of up to 90 days
40 grams and above:
- Fine of up to $10,000
- Prison sentence of up to five years
When it comes to drug paraphernalia, it is illegal to sell, possess or manufacture (with intent to sell) drug paraphernalia in Washington. Paraphernalia refers to any item used to grow, process, sell, store or use marijuana. If an individual is caught selling or advertising any of these items they could be facing up to 90 days in jail and fine of up to $1,000. If the sale involved a minor, the fine and prison sentence can be increased to two years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. If you are facing any type of drug charges, team up with a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Lance Fryrear .
When my client came to me and was facing two separate drug offenses, I prepared a strong defense on their behalf. At the end of the case, I successfully negotiated the immediate dismissal of one charge. The second charge had a scheduled dismissal 12 months later. My client was able to avoid two convictions. In doing so, he/she avoided the potential loss of the ability to receive federal financial aid for school, jail time and large fines. If you need help with a drug case in Washington, contact a Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer from my firm. I may be able to help you fight against the charges. Call today to schedule your free personal consultation with me!