Criminal Defense: Drug Crimes
Drug crimes in Washington State are also known as VUCSA charges (Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act). VUCSA or drug crimes can include possession, possession with intent to deliver, delivery, and manufacturing of drugs such as Marijuana, Heroin, Meth, Cocaine, Crack, Ecstasy, Anabolic steroids, and even prescription drugs among others. Serious drug crimes are class A felonies while others are gross misdemeanors. Penalties for VUCSA crimes are determined by the Sentencing Reform Act which provides guidelines and ranges for the courts to consider depending on the level of seriousness of the crime charged and the individual’s criminal history.
VUSCA crimes can range from a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge to a felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. The penalties may be as minor as a 90 day jail sentence and a $1000 fine, to life in prison and a $50,000 fine. There may be additional penalties as well. If you are found guilty of a drug crime while under the age of 21, you will also lose your license. Anyone convicted of a drug crime will also be exempted from receiving federal financial aid for college. Lastly, if you are convicted of a felony drug crime, your record will follow you throughout life and make it difficult for you to receive gainful employment, quality housing or acceptance into a quality college. It is of the utmost importance that anyone accused of a drug crime contact a top criminal lawyer.
Fortunately, our state offers drug offenders with a number of alternative sentencing options, including a specialized Drug Court and the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, DOSA. With DOSA, you may receive drug treatment options rather than extensive prison terms.