If you have a controlled substance in your car, hand bag, or pocket, you could be charged with possession of drugs. Depending on the situation and the amount, you could face the more severe charge of possession with the intent to distribute, in violation of Washington’s drug distribution laws. State law prohibits an individual from engaging in the following actions: 1) Manufacturing or delivering — or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver — a controlled substance; 2) Creating, delivering, or possessing a counterfeit controlled substance and 3) Compensating, threatening, or otherwise involving a minor in an unlawful controlled substance transaction.
Although Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use, retail sales are restricted to sales to those age 21 and older by Washington-licensed entities regulated by the state.Like distribution, cultivation of marijuana is restricted despite the drug’s legality. Only licensed growers are allowed to cultivate for recreational use. However, home cultivation is permitted for medicinal marijuana under specific circumstances.
Like many states, Washington classifies controlled substances by “schedules.” The schedules (based on a federal classification) are determined by their level of danger and the connection between a high risk of addiction; in general, the higher the risk for addiction, the greater the danger level, which means that the charges associated with the more dangerous drugs correlate to more severe penalties.
If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a criminal charge, immediately contact a Seattle Criminal Attorney. A Criminal lawyer is not going to judge you and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle Criminal Lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce penalties and can help direct people on how to best deal with their criminal charge, and many times even get them dismissed. So, it should go without saying that someone cited for a misdemeanor or felony should hire a qualified Seattle Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible. Criminal charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with a crime in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle Criminal Lawyer. SQ Attorneys can be reached at (425) 359-3791 and/or (206) 441-0900.