When placed under arrest for drug offenses in Washington, it is useful to understand what potential defense options are available. Charges associated with possession of drugs or related paraphernalia can be worrisome and lead to substantial consequences. However, as is the case with comedian Artie Lange, stories in the news about prominent people facing drug charges can provide a guideline of what might be possible in a plea bargain and sentencing.
Most Washington drivers have heard about the legal limits for blood alcohol content, or BAC. States have enacted laws stating there is a presumption of guilt regarding driving under the influence if there is a BAC at a pre-determined level. BAC can be measured by a blood test from a lab technician, but it is generally measured by law enforcement personnel using a Breathalyzer machine. There are specific guidelines for maintenance and calibration of Breathalyzer machines, and if officials cannot produce documentation certifying a machine is in compliance, the results of any test may be disallowed in court.
Washington residents may remember Esteban Loaiza from his days as a pitcher for several major league teams. On Feb. 12, San Diego police said that the former baseball player was taken into custody on charges of drug trafficking. Specifically, he was booked on suspicion of transporting, selling and distributing cocaine. Authorities say that packages containing a white powder had been sent to a home that he rented in Southern California.
Anyone who was convicted in Seattle of misdemeanor marijuana possession prior to 2012 may have their convictions vacated. That would be true if the mayor and city attorney have their request for that to happen granted. The final decision would be made by the courts, and convictions would be removed automatically if action is taken. The mayor acknowledged that such a conviction could create problems for those who are looking for housing, for work or to go to school.
Rose McGowan has charmed television and movie fans in Washington for years, but law enforcement had little sympathy for her alleged drug possession. The actress turned herself into authorities on the East Coast because of an arrest warrant issued by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.
Washington is one of several states to have legalized marijuana for recreational use, but this has not been enough to curtail the war on drugs or reduce the number of people arrested on minor narcotics charges. The FBI's latest Uniform Crime Report reveals that drug arrests rose by 5.63 percent in 2016 to more than 1.57 million, and an overwhelming 84.6 percent of those taken into custody were charged with simple possession. This works out to one drug arrest every 25 seconds.
Washington residents might like to know more about controlled substances and their legality. Controlled substances can negatively influence people's welfare and health, so local and federal governments regulate if and when these substancescan be used.
Two individuals were taken into custody for possession of narcotics after a Washington deputy found drugs sitting in plain view in a rented vehicle. The drug bust occurred at a 24-hour Safeway in Poulsbo at around 2 a.m. on Sept. 24.
Seattle authorities charged a man with possession of cocaine on Aug. 22. The arrest occurred after the police found the man sleeping behind the wheel of a car.
When a person is accused and convicted of drug crimes, one of the main penalties used in the U.S. court system is time in prison. Many people believe that there are better alternatives to placing those who abuse or use drugs into prison. Instead, these individuals may benefit from substance abuse counseling and alternative solutions.