Washington Uniform Controlled Substance Act
In Washington, the laws that deal with controlled substances fall under Chapter 69.50 of Washington State Legislature. This is referred to as the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. When a person commits a crime covered under this law, they are said to be in violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act also known as VUCSA. A person charged with VUCSA should contact an attorney immediately.
The Uniform Controlled Substance Act is divided into six articles. Each article deals with a different section of the law. They are as follows:
Article I: Definitions - This article lists the definitions of terms used throughout the act.
Article II: Standards and Schedules - This article lists the schedules of controlled substances. There are five schedules of controlled substances and all controlled substances are listed under one of these schedules. The seriousness of each drug is determined by what schedule they are listed under.
Article III: Regulation of Manufacture, Distribution, and Dispensing of Controlled Substances - This article lists the requirements of marijuana growers and suppliers as well as prescription drug laws and rules for distribution of such drugs. It also lists how to determine what schedule each type of substance belongs to.
Article IV: Offenses and Penalties - This article lists the ways that a person can be found in of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. It also lists the penalties for each type of violation.
Article V: Enforcement and Administrative Provisions - This article lists the administrative process and administrative provisions of drug distribution facilities.
Article VI: Miscellaneous - All other relevant information is listed under this article including repealed laws.
Contact a VUCSA Attorney Right Now
For many VUCSA offenses there are many defense options. The best course of action when faced with a VUCSA charge is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can go over your case and look for areas of weakness. A lawyer who understands this act will be able to best assist you with your criminal defense needs.
If you have been arrested for a violation of VUCSA in Seattle, contact our office right away. Attorney Steve Karimi is a former prosecutor who has dedicated his legal practice to helping people just like you who have been accused of criminal offenses. Attorney Karimi was even named a “rising star” in criminal defense by the Washington Law and Politics magazine.