Drug Possession (VUCSA) In Washington
Despite the trend of legalizing marijuana in the State of Washington and all around the United States, you could get charged with Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUSCA). If the name confuses you, controlled substances include all illegal drugs (i.e. cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, etc) and prescription drugs that you can legally obtain from a pharmacy.
However, if you get caught in possession of such drugs and you don't have a valid prescription, then you may be charged with Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUSCA). If convicted for such a crime, you could face jail time and be required to pay thousands of dollars in fines.
Illegal drug possession is a Class C felony and is punishable by a prison of up to five (5) years, fines of up to $10.000, or both the prison and fines.
As a Tacoma criminal defense attorney, and former Pierce County prosecutor, I have observed many people who allow a lapse in judgement get themselves charged. I assure you that this is not a crime that you should take for granted. You should get advice from an experienced drug possession defense attorney and get them to represent you in court.
If you want me to put my experience at your service, you can call me at any time at (253) 327-1063 for a free initial consultation. You'll tell me about your case and once I have enough information about, I will explain to you the governing law and develop strategies to protect your rights.
What Drugs Qualify as Controlled Substances?
The list of prescription drugs and other controlled substances in Washington is very long. Here are just the most common drugs people are being charged for include:
- Schedule II - Demerol, oxycodone, fentanyl
- Schedule III - anabolic steroids, Vicodin, Tylenol with codeine
- Schedule IV - sleep medications such as Xanax, Valium, lorazepam, clonazepam, or Soma
- Schedule V - cough medicines with less than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters.
Call a Lawyer for Drug Possession
You need a lawyer because the prosecution won't let you get away with it easily. Even if you have evidence to prove that your medical condition requires possessing such substances, the prosecutor may argue that it was a fraudulent prescription. It will be an uphill battle, so the knowledge and the experience of your attorney is necessary to ensure that you won't get a penalty for a crime you haven't committed.
The Curtis Firm, LLC serves clients charged for unlawful possession of controlled substances throughout Tacoma, Lakewood, Spanaway, Pierce County, King County, and Thurston County. We dedicate all our resources to our clients charged with prescription drugs possession. Let's start working on your case with a free initial consultation after which we will present you with your chances to get free of charges or have them reduced. Call us at (253) 327-1063 and let's get to work.