Lynnwood Drug Crime Lawyer
Handling Drug Crime Cases in Everett, Marysville & Washington State
Washington has very tough drug crime laws. Jail time and steep fines are often the penalties for being convicted of a drug offense. If you are facing these serious charges, an experienced Lynnwood drug crime attorney can help you fight your charges.
Are you facing drug charges in Lynnwood, WA? Our lead attorney, Lance Fryrear, has been a criminal defense attorney for over 25 years and has the legal know-how to help build a solid defense on your behalf. He was a former prosecutor in Washington, and knows exactly how the prosecution will work to try to convict you. We use this experience to fight for all of our clients.
Types of drug charges:
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.
Contact marijuana possession defense attorney Lance R. Fryrear as soon as possible to achieve the best possible results.
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 reasonable members of society, we are 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.
Effective Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney in Lynnwood
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. We 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 our 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 us an edge in knowing what results are available in each court and the best way to secure them for you.
Consequences of a Lynnwood Drug Conviction
Being convicted of a drug offense can negatively affect the rest of your life. Having a conviction on your record can not only land you in jail, but can also make it difficult to obtain employment or even housing once you are out. Your insurance rates could skyrocket, as your record can be checked if you are applying for auto or health insurance. You do not have to suffer these harsh consequences. It is completely understandable to feel frightened and overwhelmed.
Do you need a lawyer for your drug crime case in Lynnwood, WA? As experienced drug defense attorneys, we will put our knowledge and skill to work for you. We know the criminal justice system and how best to work with law enforcement, the prosecution, and the judges. Call today for a free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.
Contact a Lynnwood drug crime attorney from The Law Offices of Lance Fryrear to represent you if you have been charged with a drug crime.
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