The Law Office of Timothy S. Note, PLLC is devoted exclusively to providing effective criminal defense representation for those who have been accused of a crime in the State of Washington, including all types of drug offenses, from charges of simple possession to international drug trafficking.
State and Federal Drug Charges
Drug laws are vigorously enforced by both state and federal governments, with tremendous amounts of resources devoted to the investigation and prosecution of drug crimes. Both the federal Controlled Substances Act and the Washington Uniform Controlled Substances Act regulate the manufacture and distribution of hundreds of controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), and methamphetamine, as well as any prescription drugs or other medications that have a potential for abuse or addiction, such as Morphine, Codeine, Oxycontin and others.
Prohibited acts under these laws range from possession to international drug trafficking. Depending upon the offense charged and the type and amount of drug involved, penalties for conviction of a drug offense can include fines up to $20,000 and ten years in prison for a first offense. Being arrested for any criminal drug offense is a serious matter that should be immediately referred to a qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Help is Available
Every person accused of a crime has constitutional rights designed to protect the individual from police or prosecutorial abuses. A strong defense will ensure that proper procedures were followed at every stage of the arrest and subsequent prosecution. Were the police able to make an accurate observation or identification given the circumstances at the time of the arrest (e.g. did the arrest occur at night, on a dark street, or in a dim nightclub)? Did the police have the right to make an initial stop and search? Was the defendant properly informed of his or her rights and given the opportunity to speak with an attorney before any custodial interrogation? At the Law Office of Timothy S. Note, we pursue every avenue available to provide the strongest and best defense possible.
While we always prepare the best defense available, no specific outcome can be guaranteed, and the stakes are often high in a drug prosecution. Through frank and honest communication, we will advise you on the risks and benefits of going to trial versus entering plea negotiations with the prosecution, although the ultimate decision is yours to make. In appropriate cases, our strategy may be to have the case heard in drug court, where the end result is a treatment program rather than incarceration. Completion of a treatment program may result in a dismissal of the original charges, which is an excellent result in any case.
The first step is to call our office to discuss your situation and let us advise you on your options. When your liberty is at stake, do not take chances with an inexperienced attorney who is unfamiliar with criminal law and criminal justice system. We know the law and the courts in eastern Washington State. If you have been arrested on drug charges, contact the Law Office of Timothy S. Note, PLLC for immediate assistance.