Drug Crime Defense Attorney in Seattle
Understanding Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUCSA) Charges in Washington State
Each state has different drug statutes and penalties, which is why it is crucial to speak to a highly knowledgeable Seattle drug crime attorney when facing these charges. In Washington, drug crimes are more technically known as Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (VUCSA), which prohibits drug possession, manufacturing, delivering, or even possession with intent to deliver.
Fortunately, Washington state courts often lean toward a rehabilitative approach when it comes to drug crimes. With the help of Hale Law Enterprises, you may be eligible for enrollment in an alternative drug treatment program, such as SOSA, in exchange for reduced incarceration time.
A sentence enhancement is when the judge increases your sentence with additional fines or jail time. Sentence enhancements can be attached to your charges for a number of reasons, most typically due to repeat offenses. In the Washington VUCSA statutes, there are specific scenarios that, if proven to be true, will automatically result in a sentence enhancement.
You may end up with a sentence enhancement if your case involved the manufacturing, selling, or delivering of a controlled substance:
- To a minor
- In or near a school
- In a school bus or near a school bus stop
- In a public park
- In a government- declared drug-free zone
- On a public transit vehicle or near a public transit stop-shelter
Why Choose Hale Law Enterprises?
Since 2001, Seattle drug crime defense lawyer Matthew Hale has been successfully defending good people accused of DUI and all other crimes in Washington and Texas. Over 20+ years of experience, Hale has accumulated a very strong record of getting criminal charges reduced or dropped, including cases that involved professional athletes and executives. He has developed a thorough understanding of the intricacies of drug crimes in Washington and is confident and prepared to help you make intelligent decisions for your case, such as navigating plea bargains versus jury trials. Hale Law Enterprises happily serves Spanish-speaking clients as well and is ready to aggressively defend your rights in court.
Contact Hale Law Enterprises for your free consultation with an expert Seattle drug crime defense attorney at (206) 207-4776!