Possession of a Controlled Substance in Washington
In a world where laws and regulations govern our actions, it’s crucial to be well-informed to defend ourselves when facing possible legal challenges. One such charge that may have serious consequences is Possession of a Controlled Substance in Washington. This offense carries significant legal ramifications that can impact your freedom, reputation, and future prospects. That’s where a reputable defense firm steps in to protect your rights and provide you with a strong legal defense. At the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, we understand the complexities and sensitivities surrounding cases involving Possession of a Controlled Substance. Our experienced team of defense attorneys is dedicated to advocating for your rights and ensuring that you receive a fair and just legal process.
Furthermore, we recognize that facing charges related to controlled substances can be overwhelming and stressful. Our team at the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer is committed to providing compassionate and personalized support throughout the legal process. We will take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you informed about the progress of your case. Our aim is not only to defend you legally but also to alleviate the emotional burden you may be experiencing.
What is considered Possession of a Controlled Substance?
Controlled substances are usually drugs or substances that are regulated under existing federal law into one of five schedules. Common examples of controlled substances include cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and many other less commonly known substances. The charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance is generally defined as knowingly and illegally possessing a controlled substance.
Currently, Possession of a Controlled Substance is a Misdemeanor, carrying up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000.00 fine. Whether you find yourself facing this charge due to a misunderstanding, false accusation, or even an unfortunate lapse in judgment, it’s vital to have a knowledgeable and skilled defense team by your side.
Recent legal news regarding Possession of Controlled Substances
On July 1, 2023 the statewide legislation in place referred to as the “Blake Fix,” known for having temporarily modified the Possession of Controlled Substances statute to reflect criminal intent, and therefore be a chargeable offense. This expiration of the “Blake Fix” will make it so that there will no longer be a statewide law that allows for the arrest of Possession of Controlled Substances. This is due to the State v. Blake case back in 2021, which found the Possession of Controlled Substances statute unconstitutional for its lack of a provision that required intent as an element of the charge. Instead, cities and counties will put their own ordinances in place until a legislation is approved on a statewide level resolving the issue, potentially leading to harsher enforcement and penalties depending on the county that you are in. Having a lawyer going forward will be increasingly important since the laws surrounding Possession of Controlled Substances will only grow more complex as the summer rolls around. Due to the variation of how certain counties and or cities may choose to prosecute charges involving Possession of Controlled Substances the same offense in two neighboring counties may be prosecuted differently, making it even more essential to have an attorney knowledgeable in these varying jurisdictions.
What can we do for you?
With years of experience in criminal defense, our firm possesses the expertise required to navigate the intricate legal landscape surrounding controlled substance offenses. We understand the nuances of drug laws, evidentiary requirements, and the tactics employed by prosecutors. The attorneys at the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer work hard to build a strong defense tailored to your unique circumstances, aiming to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer firmly believes in the principle of innocence until proven guilty, defending our clients to the fullest extent of the law. Our defense attorneys will meticulously review the details of your case, analyze the evidence, and challenge any violations of your constitutional rights.
Defend your freedom and future, give us a call today at (360) 334-6277 and schedule a free consultation with one of our highly experienced attorneys.