Charged with a Marijuana Offense? We Can Help.

Washington's marijuana laws are less restrictive than most states'. However, you could still find yourself facing criminal prosecution for possession, cultivation or distribution of cannabis. If this happens to you, the importance of a strong criminal defense cannot be overstated.

My name is Christian Phelps. I am a criminal defense lawyer with offices in Spokane, Washington. For more than 20 years, I have devoted my legal practice to defending criminal cases in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. I have extensive experience in protecting the rights of clients facing state and federal marijuana charges, including allegations of possession, possession with intent to deliver/distribute, manufacturing, and cultivation.

If you have been arrested for a marijuana-related offense, do not talk to police or investigators before you talk to me. Contact my office today for a free initial consultation.

Marijuana Laws and Penalties

In Washington, it is legal to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. However, possession of more than 1 ounce can have significant legal ramifications:

  • Possession of 1 ounce to 40 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by a mandatory 24 hours in jail (up to 90 days) and a maximum fine of $1,000.
  • Possession of more than 40 grams is a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • The penalties for sale, distribution, intent to distribute, and cultivation are also five years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
  • The penalties increase when the charges are enhanced, such as with cultivation within 1,000 feet of a school or sale to a minor who is at least three years younger than the accused.

Felony marijuana cases may also involve civil forfeiture proceedings. The government can seize property that was purchased with funds from marijuana sales or was used in the commission of any marijuana crime. If you illegally grow or manufacture marijuana in your house, the government may even seize your home. It is crucial in such a case to have on your side a defense attorney who is familiar with civil forfeiture proceedings, which are separate from the criminal proceedings.

Understand Your Defense Options

While marijuana charges can have serious consequences, an aggressive lawyer like me can challenge the government's case against you. The first thing I will look for are illegal search and seizure issues. If the police did not have probable cause to stop you or a valid reason to enter your home, the evidence against you can be suppressed. I can also challenge the credibility of police officers and witnesses.

When Your Future and Freedom Are at Risk, Contact the Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps

If you have been charged with possession, delivering, or growing/manufacturing marijuana in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or any federal jurisdiction, do not talk to police or anyone else until you have talked with me, Spokane criminal defense attorney Christian Phelps. For a free initial consultation to discuss your case, contact my office via email or by phone at 509-323-2420.