Alcohol and drugs

Possession of a Controlled Substance

The lawyers at Ashbach Law Offices, LLC provide aggressive, strong defense for those charged with possession of controlled substance offenses throughout Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Our goal is to aggressively protect you, your family and your interests from the prosecution, saving jail time, licenses, occupations and reputations. With offices in Marysville and Mill Creek, Washington, we are available to meet you discuss your case. We help good people in bad situations. Let us help you.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – VUCSA



Possession of a Controlled Substance is considered a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, and is referred to in the short form as a “VUCSA” charge. Except as provided by marijuana statutes relating to the lawful (under State law), or in some cases misdemeanor, possession of marijuana, possession of any controlled substance when not otherwise authorized by law is punishable as a Class C Felony. In general, a first-time offender, if convicted, is subject to 0-6 months for a standard sentence.

Possession of a Controlled Substance charges are Class C Felonies. Exceptions, such as possession of small amounts of marijuana or possession pursuant to a valid prescription, may apply. Such exceptions typically either make possession legal or make possession a lesser criminal allegation than a felony.

Possession Must Be In Original Containers



Prescribed controlled substances must be kept in the same container as they were sold or dispensed by a practitioner. Failure to do so, such as splitting pills into daily calendar-type containers, is unlawful.

Ashbach Law Offices, LLC, aggressively represents clients throughout the Washington I-5 corridor, covering Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Regular courts of practice include, but are not limited to, Anacortes, Arlington, Bellevue, Bellingham, Blaine, Burlington, Edmonds, Everett, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrance, Redmond, Seattle, Sedro Woolley and Shoreline.