Addiction to drugs can be a terrible thing. It can tear apart families, cost a person their job, rob a person of their health, and, in the worst of circumstances, could even lead to death. Therefore, it is important that those who are addicted to drugs receive the help they need to overcome their addiction.
When a person in Spokane is charged with a drug crime, whether the drugs are narcotics, illegally obtained prescription drugs, or methamphetamine, it can be a very confusing and stressful time. Individuals in these situations may not understand the severity of the situation they're in. But, in fact, over the past twenty to thirty years, the penalties associated with drug charges have become more and more serious.
When it comes to drug crimes, the state and federal government do not often go lightly on those convicted on a drug charge. This is especially true if the accused committed a serious drug crime or has a criminal history. Therefore, residents in Washington facing allegations of drug crimes should be aware of the severe penalties they could face. Even more so, defendants should take the time to understand what criminal defense options are available.
Washington State has a reputation across the country for being relatively soft on drug crimes. In reality, a relatively liberal stance on marijuana does not translate into lesser penalties for other types of drug offenses. In Washington as well as in neighboring Idaho, a resident can be charged with a wide variety of drug-related charges, both related to marijuana as well as to other substances including prescription drugs.
In Washington State, many different substances fall under the category of "controlled substances" per state law. It may be illegal to produce, sell, buy, manufacture or ingest these controlled substances. If a resident does any of the above, they may be looking at drug charges, time behind bars, stiff fines and other various penalties.
In today's job market, it often seems stable employment is tough to find. Many fields have been hit hard by the economy and fewer open positions are available. For job-seekers in Spokane, it's more important than ever to ensure one has the right background for the job.
During the recent election, the legalization of marijuana was a hot topic in many states. Here in Washington, certain types of recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana have already been legalized, though other substances are still highly illegal to use or sell. In any event, much attention has been paid to the severe penalties associated with drug crimes throughout the United States. Even here in Washington, there are still extremely serious consequences if charged with a drug crime and convicted.