Being arrested for a drug-related crime is intimidating and often confusing, as violations can involve federal or state law, or both. Depending on the particular circumstances of a case, these offenses can result in a broad range of criminal and administrative consequences, including probation, prison, property forfeiture and participation in a court-ordered drug treatment program. The experienced Seattle drug possession attorneys of the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC are always available to answer your questions and concerns regarding drug charges, including:
When you are facing criminal drug charges, we can help. Call us at 206.389.1855 or contact the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC online to schedule a free initial consultation. With offices conveniently located throughout the state, we serve clients everywhere in Washington, including Tacoma, Kent and surrounding areas in King County. We take your call 24 hours a day.
Drug courts combine criminal justice and medical treatment models to deal with drug crimes. They recognize that incarceration may not be the most effective method for breaking the cycle of drug addiction and crime, especially for first-time and low-level offenders. Drug courts emphasize a cooperative approach among the prosecutor, the defendant and the court, and they favor rehabilitation over jail. Successful completion of drug court programs can result in reduced charges or sentences, or dismissal of charges altogether.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer levels the playing field between the prosecution and the defendant. In Washington State, people arrested for simple drug possession are often charged under the Violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act (VUCSA). Working closely with knowledgeable VUCSA attorneys in Seattle is the best way to ensure your rights are protected. If you are convicted, a defense lawyer can often get your sentence minimized and sometimes even keep the charge off your permanent record.
Yes. Drug courts, which operate throughout Washington State, offer an alternative to traditional incarceration. By providing a structure that emphasizes substance abuse treatment and on-going supervision, drug courts aim to rehabilitate and reduce repeat offenses. Consult with an experienced Seattle drug possession attorney to learn the range of alternatives to jail that may be available to you.
The Washington Department of Licensing will suspend your driver's license if you have been cited for a drug- or alcohol-related offense. The length of suspension depends on the level of your criminal charge. You may be eligible for a temporary restricted license, however. Working with a skilled Washington DUI defense attorney to avoid conviction is the best option for retaining your driving privileges.
Drug crimes can result in federal charges when drugs were moved across state or international borders, or if any type of email, fax or mail was used during the alleged crime. Criminal penalties depend on the nature and quantity of the substance involved, as well as the presence of sentence-enhancing factors, and they can be severe. If you are facing federal drug charges, consult with an experienced and knowledgeable federal drug defense attorney at our firm for advice on the law, your rights and how to proceed.