The infamous ‘war on drugs’ rages on. Everyday, police are out on the streets of Seattle and all over the state looking to make arrests. And then there’s the federal government. The feds dedicate enormous resources to fight this endless war, often culminating in numerous arrests in large drug conspiracy cases.
Whether it’s a state or federal drug charge, the government does not take drug cases lightly, and if you are accused of selling drugs or even just possessing drugs with the intent to sell, they are going to try and make an example out of you. This is why you need a knowledgable and experienced law firm by your side to fight these allegations.
Below, you’ll find answers to many common questions related to drug crime allegations, but the best way to make sure your individual questions are answered is to simply give us a call for a free, no strings attached consultation.
Every case is different and every client is different. Due to this, there is a wide variety of potential outcomes/penalities, so we don’t want you to get ahead of yourself by worrying about every single potential consequence. Further, Washington State utilizes sentencing guidelines to determine sentences on felonies, which serve to complicate matters even more. Thus, it’s best to call us for a free consultation so we can discuss/look up your case, find out about your criminal history (if any), and then go from there. Nevertheless, here’s a quick list of some of the general types of consequences you could be looking at for a drug crime conviction:
Because every case has its own unique set of facts and circumstances, it’s not possible for us to tell you what result you will get on your particular case until we have had a chance to fully litigate it. That said, here are some potential results, all of which we have achieved for our clients:
Drug offender sentencing alternative (DOSA) is a program designed to help people beat their addiction. There are both prison-based and residential-based DOSA options. If you plead guilty to certain crimes, you may be eligible for this program. Eligibility alone does not guarantee you will get DOSA. There still must be a screening process and it is ultimately up to the judge’s discretion. Further, it’s important to note that DOSA does not mean you avoid a conviction on your record, but it can cut down on your time in custody. You are eligible if:
Drug Court is an option in certain counties in Washington for non-violent drug offenders to accomplish two important things: (1) Beat their addiction, and (2) avoid a conviction on their record. Drug court isn’t for everyone, however. First, you must be eligible, and second, you must be dedicated to completing it. Drug court is certainly not easy. There are a lot of steps involved and a lot of court appearances that you must make; it can take up to two years to complete (although can be completed quicker). Overall, if you’re serious about getting clean and willing to put in the work, Drug Court offers a great fresh start on life for many people. The eligibility requirements for Drug Court vary from county to county. In King County, here are some of the eligibility requirements and disqualifiers:
Certain drug offenses are subject to enhancements when the offense takes place in a protected zone, in the presence of a child, or in a correctional facility.
If you are sentenced for committing certain drug offenses in a protected zone, an additional 24 months is added to your sentence and the fines are doubled. Protected zones include:
The answer to this varies depending on your particular situation, but there are three universal pieces of advice:
From there, we need to hear more about your individual situation to advise your further. In the meantime, please view our video below on the subject and visit our Under Investigation page.