Maybe you didn’t realize there was heroin in your car when the police found it and placed you in handcuffs. Perhaps, however, you admit you have a drug problem and are in need of help. Whatever the case may be, heroin possession charges have the ability to change your life dramatically. If you are accused of possession of heroin, contact us today.Charged with a crime in Washington? Call now. (888) 246-5778.
Heroin is widely known to be a highly addictive and dangerous drug. There are indications that it is once again growing in popularity though and this means law enforcement officers and the courts have their eyes out for people bringing the heroin into Washington and those using the heroin that is here.
If you are accused of possession of heroin, you can face serious legal penalties and personal consequences. Having an aggressive advocate on your side may help you in seeking the most positive outcome possible on your case.
Washington Heroin Possession Penalties
Heroin is a highly addictive drug. Because of this, possession of heroin is classified as a Class C felony charge. This means it carries up to 5 years in prison and fines reaching $10,000.
Will you spend five years in prison for a heroin possession conviction? It’s not likely, but it is possible. It’s rare that a judge sentences someone to the maximum allowable sentence, though it does occasionally happen. Instead, your sentence is determined by taking a number of things into consideration including your criminal history, the facts of your case, and recommendations of the prosecutor.
Sentencing Alternatives & Plea Options in Heroin Possession Cases
Not all cases go to trial. As a matter of fact, the majority of them end in a plea bargain. If you are able to negotiate a plea bargain for your heroin possession case, you could receive a more lenient sentence or even probation instead of jail time. The terms of a plea agreement are determined by negotiations between you and your attorney (the defense) and the prosecutor on the case.
Another alternative is diversion. This is when you complete a term of probation within the community, abiding by several different rules. If you are successful, the charges may be dropped. If you violate the terms of your diversion, your case can be referred back for prosecution.
As a first time offender, you could also qualify for what’s known as the First Time Offender Waiver. This allows first time drug offenders a second chance. It may include drug treatment and counseling but will allow you to avoid incarceration
Working with a local defense attorney means you have someone on your side who is interested in getting you the best results possible on your case. If you are accused of heroin possession and are in need of representation, contact our offices today to discuss the details of your case.