If you have been arrested and charged with a drug or VUCSA (Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act) crime, it can feel like the world is caving in on you. Depending on the substance and amount, it is possible that you could be facing years in prison, hefty fines, or both. However, you do not check your rights as a citizen at the courthouse door after being charged with a crime. An experienced Seattle lawyer may be able to help you preserve those rights and craft an effective case based on the facts of your specific situation in order to seek the best outcome possible.
What Do I Do?
First and foremost, it is important to note that no two drug charges are exactly alike. Your best move might be different than someone else who was charged with a more or less serious drug crime. However, for most VUCSA arrests, the following will most likely apply and prevent you from hurting yourself or your case.
- Speak to an Attorney. After you are arrested, make it clear to the officers that you would like to speak to an attorney. Do not be ambivalent about this request. Make it clear that you would like to consult an attorney before answering any questions—the police may not ask you any questions about the incident until you have been able to speak to an attorney after making such a request.
- Refuse to Answer Questions or Make a Statement. After you have been arrested, whatever you say to the police can be used as evidence against you. Even if it seems like speaking up immediately may help your situation, it is always better to speak with an attorney first to ensure that you are being as wise as possible moving forward.
- Don't Speak or Post About Your Case. It can certainly be tempting to share the ongoing updates of your case with close friends and family, whether in person or on social media, but speaking about your case is generally a bad idea. Your social media posts, even if your account is private, can eventually be used against you in your case.
For drug crimes, you may be eligible for and your attorney can advocate for your admission into certain alternatives to jail time. First, you may be eligible for a drug court. If you struggle with addiction, drug courts may allow you to undergo treatment and possibly even have your case dismissed if you are successful.
Another option is DOSA (Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative) which applies after you are sentenced and can possibly reduce your incarceration time by half. Your Seattle attorney can advise you on what options might be available and how to seek admission into them.
Contact Karimi Law Office Today
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you will need help navigating the criminal justice system. Let Steve Karimi's experience as a former prosecutor work for you. Call 206-621-8777 today for a free consultation.