A former University of Oregon football standout has been arrested by Oregon law enforcement for possession of heroin. This past summer, Colt Lyerla's family members were receiving several messages from individuals stating that Lyerla was getting “mixed up” with drugs and had become involved in drug dealing. Being that Lyerla was in violation of his probation, his relatives contacted authorities who decided to call Lyerla in to perform a drug test. Lyerla failed to come in for his test. Subsequently, authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on August 6th. A Washington County deputy encountered Lyerla on December 6thand made the arrest. Lyerla was found in possession of heroin.
Possession of Heroin in Washington
The possession of any controlled substance in the state of Washington is a direct violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUCSA). However, possession of some controlled substances garners more serious penalties than others. In addition, the amount a person may be found in possession of may also determine the extent of the charges and possible penalties.
Drugs known as narcotics often obtain the highest penalties. Washington classifies heroin, specifically, as a Schedule I drug. Due to a monumental increase in the rates of heroin use between the years of 2008 and 2010, law enforcement is keenly on the lookout for the use and distribution of heroin. Tragically, individuals are becoming addicted to the Schedule I substance at much younger ages than ever before. The Washington State Code tells us that:
- “It is unlawful for any person to possess a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his or her professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by this chapter.”
Unless otherwise delineated in Washington law, the possession of heroin is a class C felony.
Penalties for Heroin VUCSA Charges
The penalties for the possession of heroin in Washington are very serious. A person who possesses, delivers, or possesses with the intent to manufacture heroin can face the following penalties.
Offenses involving less than 2 Kg of heroin
- “A maximum jail sentence of 10 years; or
- A maximum fine of $25,000; or
- A combination of both punishments.
Offenses involving 2 Kg of the drug or more
- A maximum jail sentence of 10 years; or
- A maximum fine of $100,000 plus an additional $50 for every Kg over the initial two; or
- A combination of both punishments.”
Contact an Experienced Seattle Heroin Defense Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been arrested for the possession of a controlled substance, such as heroin, you need the assistance of an experienced and dedicated VUCSA defense lawyer. Steve Karimi is a top-rated criminal defense lawyer in the Seattle area. Mr. Karimi is a former King County prosecutor who now uses his insight into prosecution strategies to fight for the rights of those accused. Do not wait to seek the legal help that you need to sort out this complicated matter. Contact the Law Offices of Steve Karimi today.