If you’ve been charged with a felony drug offense, you should enlist the help of an experienced attorney right away to help minimize the damage.
Depending on the type of drug, the amount of drugs in your possession, and your alleged intent, your lawyer will have different routes to help protect you.
If the court convicts you of a drug charge, your ability to seek gainful employment is dangerous. A good lawyer will help you understand your drug charges and work to find an angle to minimize the damage so you can continue with your life.
What Are Possible Defenses In A Felony Drug Charge Case?
Your lawyer will take a unique avenue to your case depending on the drug charge when building your defense.
Your lawyer can try these options to possibly help you avoid a conviction or a lengthy jail sentence. Possible defenses or options include:
- Drug Offender Sentencing Alternatives
- Drug Court
- First Time Offender Waivers
- Alternative sentencing options
- Claiming search issues with the police
- Fourth Amendment violations
- Arguing your intent
- Chain of custody problems with evidence
- Factual defenses
- Poor police work
- You were in legal possession of the drugs under the care of a physician
- Claiming you didn’t know you were in possession of the drugs
What Are The Possible Punishments For A Felony Drug Charge In Washington State?
Most drug charges in Washington classify as felonies, so your case carries grave consequences from the start if you don’t handle it properly.
If convicted, your fines can be as high as $500,000 per drug count. Even first-time offenders can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. If this is not your first conviction, the fines and jail sentences may double. If you were dealing drugs to minors, you could be facing life in prison.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Charged With A Felony Drug Offense?
If you’ve been arrested on a felony drug charge, reach out to VanWa’s legal team right away. Our criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations to help you understand your options and chances of avoiding conviction.
We offer flat-fee pricing to help you obtain the best legal representation and move forward with your life.
Drug laws have been evolving in Washington State and across the country quickly, so employing an attorney that understands the law and can apply the new changes to your case is your best chance at minimizing the damage.