Spokane Drug Charge Attorneys
Nearly all drug crimes are felonies in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. A felony conviction can result in a mandatory prison sentence, loss of civil rights, loss of gun ownership rights and a criminal record that could make it difficult for you to find future employment. At the Spokane Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps, we continually take on federal and state drug charges.
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The severity of the punishment for a drug crime depends upon the substance, amount, charges and other legal enhancements. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your case, look at the various factors involved and construct a strong defense designed to minimize any potential damages.
Our firm handles a variety of drug crimes involving all types of narcotics, including:
An enhancement that can greatly increase the consequences of any drug crime includes being arrested within 1,000 feet of a school zone, school bus stop or public park. This will add two consecutive years to any sentence.
Please note that there is a wide disparity between state and federal drug crime sentencing. We know the laws and punishments in both federal and state courts. We know that some "sweet heart deals" on a state drug charge may actually set you up for a disaster if you are ever charged with a subsequent drug crime in federal court. Sometimes a life sentence. No matter the level at which you are being prosecuted we will protect your future and your freedom.
There are a variety of strong defenses available to an experienced lawyer seeking to combat drug charges. To that end, we will examine the legality of any search and seizure used to gather evidence against you. We will determine whether or not the police had a valid reason to stop you or a valid warrant to enter your home. We will also challenge the credibility of the police officer and any witnesses against you.
Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA)
If you are a non-violent offender, you may qualify for Washington's Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, which could end up cutting your sentence in half. While you will need to attend drug treatment programs, successful completion of the programs could enable you to significantly reduce jail time. Under Washington's laws you may be eligible for drug court or diversion.
Drug Forfeiture & Seizure
Our firm will also handle any drug forfeiture or seizure issues resulting from your drug charges. The government can seize and sell and property that they believe was derived from or used in the commission of a drug felony, including money, cars, and your home. We can take action to help you keep your property.
If you face prosecution for a Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (VUCSA), you want to do everything you can to protect your rights. Talk to an experienced attorney before you talk to the police. From our offices in Spokane, we will make sure you take all the right steps. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.