If you or a loved one has been charged with possession, contact Russell & Hill, PLLC, criminal defense attorneys, in the city of Everett or surrounding areas of Snohomish, King, and Skagit County, Washington, by filling out and emailing our Case Evaluation Form or call our toll-free number at 425-728-7467 to schedule a free initial consultation.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our criminal defense attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of clients against all types of possession charges. We take pride in the fact that our criminal defense attorneys are experienced, aggressive and passionate when it comes to representing you in any possession charge. A possession charge, if not handled, properly can have a very negative impact on your life.
Our criminal defense attorneys investigate and analyze your possession charges and have experience dealing with the police, prosecutors and the court system. We fight aggressively to get your charges dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors. Our criminal defense attorneys also handle cases involving possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture of drugs (such as meth), sale of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver or sell.
Possession charges can depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to, the specific type of drug, the circumstances pertaining to the possession, and your criminal past. Some of the possession penalties can include:
Our criminal defense attorneys include a former prosecutor which allows us to develop a strong defense and negotiate based on our knowledge of the prosecution’s strategy. Even a minor possession charge can have serious consequences.
We will sit down with you, discuss your concerns and determine your goals regarding the outcome of your case. Only then can we pursue the resolution you truly need. Once we decide on the course of action to take in your legal proceedings, we will execute the handling of your case with in-depth knowledge and precise skill.
Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, we seek to have the charges dismissed or reduced. Many clients charged with possession have had no previous encounters with the criminal justice system, and we believe that they should not have their lives ruined because of one mistake.
We receive many referrals from former clients. They send their relatives and friends to us because they have experienced our thorough and diligent representation and know we do everything we can for our clients.
It is of the utmost importance that you be completely honest when discussing your case with our Everett possession attorneys. Some who have been charged with these types of crimes mistakenly believe they will be less likely to face penalties if they lie to their attorneys, claiming to be completely innocent when this might not genuinely be the case.
Don’t make this error. When you are honest with us, we will be better equipped to develop an effective defense strategy.
The specific defense we will employ depends on numerous factors. Some types of defenses that can potentially be used if circumstances allow include the following:
Law enforcement officers cannot search your belongings without your permission simply because they have a vague suspicion that you may be in possession of illegal drugs. It may be possible to have the case against you dismissed if it can be shown that you were the victim of unlawful search and seizure, an unlawful traffic stop, etc.
Some types of drugs are illegal to possess in general. However, there are others that may or may not be legal to possess and use depending on one’s medical needs.
For example, under federal law, Adderall is a controlled substance. This means someone could potentially be charged with a crime if they are found to be in possession of Adderall without a prescription.
That said, with a prescription, it is perfectly legal to own and use Adderall and other such drugs. Perhaps you’ve been charged with a drug crime because your medication qualifies as a controlled substance. When law enforcement found that you were in possession of said medication, you were unable at that moment to supply a prescription showing that you are permitted to have it on your person.
This can be a somewhat challenging defense to successfully employ. Again, it’s also one we can only use if you are honest with us. Don’t claim that the drugs law enforcement officers found on you were not yours or were placed among your belongings by someone else without your knowledge if this is not so.
That said, there have been instances when people have been found with drugs on them that did not belong to them. Sometimes, they might not have been aware of the fact that another individual planted drugs on them. Someone might have done so to hide drugs or even to get a victim into legal trouble.
If you have an honest, genuine reason to suspect that this occurred to you, discuss the topic with your Everett possession attorneys. We may be able to show that you were unaware of the fact that you were in possession of drugs when they were discovered.
If you have been charged for drug possession in the city of Everett or surrounding areas of Snohomish, King, and Skagit County, Washington, contact our criminal defense attorneys by filling out and emailing our Case Evaluation Form or call our toll-free number at 425-728-7467 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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