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Drug Crimes

Criminal Defense Lawyer Represents Clients Accused of Drug Crimes

Aggressive defense to VUCSA prosecution throughout Washington

As one of Seattle’s largest suburbs, Everett is on the radar for state and federal authorities enforcing drug laws. If you are arrested on suspicion of a drug crime in Everett, you can expect aggressive prosecution as law enforcement pushes for the maximum penalties. Fortunately, you can reach out to the Law Office of Laura Shaver any time, day or night, and get immediate, aggressive defense representation. My office is in Everett, but I accept cases throughout the state of Washington.

Protecting your rights and fighting for your freedom

I have extensive experience defending clients accused of a wide range of drug crimes. Most drug charges are settled without trial, and if the facts of your case favor a settlement, you can trust me to negotiate from strength for terms that mitigate the damage of your arrest. Favorable outcomes can include a dismissal of charges, a “decline to prosecute,” entry into a diversion program, probation, or reduced sentencing. However, if justice requires taking the case to trial, you can trust in my ability and determination. I have successfully defended numerous clients in trials before judges and juries, obtaining several dismissals and acquittals. Although no lawyer can guarantee results, I can promise to defend your rights and work tirelessly for the best outcome possible.

Common drug charges in Washington State

In Washington, state drug crimes are officially called Violations of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (VUCSA). Under certain circumstances, authorities from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office can bring federal drug charges. In either case, you need experienced and determined defense representation to protect your rights and limit the consequences of your arrest.

I have successfully managed cases of:

  • Drug possession — Penalties depend on the nature of the drug and the quantity of the drug. Possession of any amount of illicit drugs is at least a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Possession with intent to sell/drug trafficking — Even if you had no intent to sell, prosecutors can still charge intent if you allegedly had enough of the drug in your possession. Possession of cocaine with intent to sell is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
  • Violent crimes with a drug connection — Much of my practice deals with violent crimes. It is not uncommon for a client to be simultaneously charged with drug possession and a weapons violation or even domestic violence. I am fully prepared to offer a vigorous defense in such cases.

There are several strategies for defending against drug charges. Depending on the circumstances, I can often challenge police procedures on constitutional grounds to get drug evidence thrown out. Authorities must also prove that a defendant had knowledge of the drugs and exercised control over them.

I represent adults and juveniles in the state and federal criminal courts charged with drug crimes. When you retain my services, you can rely on me to explore every legal option for overcoming charges and delivering a positive outcome.

Arrested for drugs? Call my Everett office any time, 24/7, to schedule a free consultation.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Everett or anywhere in Washington State, choose an attorney for your defense who will fight for you. Call the Law Office of Laura Shaver day or night at 425-595-6130 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.

Everett Office
3120 Broadway
Everett, Washington 98201
Phone: 425-595-6130
Fax: 425-595-3167
Email: [email protected]