Tacoma Drug Defense Attorneys Are Tenacious and Thorough

Serious drug charges require experienced defense

According to a study by an advocacy group, there have been more than 240,000 arrests in the state of Washington over the past 25 years for marijuana possession alone. Public pressure and the war against drugs have only increased efforts to enforce drug laws — sometimes without regard to legal search and seizure.

At The Woods Law Office, PLLC, we serve clients throughout the Puget Sound area who have been charged with or arrested for marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, hallucinogens, illegal prescriptions and other drug crimes. Tacoma drug crimes lawyer Doug Woods is a former city and county prosecutor and experienced criminal defense attorney who understands what is required to obtain an acquittal on drug charges and all the factors that go into determining levels of sentencing.

Every drug charge comes with serious repercussions

Almost all drug offenses are felonies. However, the possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana is a simple misdemeanor — and even that has a mandatory minimum penalty of one day in jail and a $450 fine for a first offense. The maximum penalty for possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana is 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. Think, too, about how even a misdemeanor drug conviction can affect your job or your ability to obtain professional licensure or a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and your relationships with friends and family.

Whether you have been charged with drug possession, distribution or manufacturing, we have the experience and knowledge to zealously prepare a defense on your behalf — challenging evidence that may have been illegally obtained and questioning the reliability of witnesses.

If you have been arrested or believe you are under investigation for any of the following drug crimes, it is imperative that you contact us immediately:

  • Possession
  • Providing controlled substances to minors
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Illegal manufacturing and delivery

You have the right to have an attorney present before you are questioned. Protect your rights — do not talk to the police or the district attorney, city attorney or other prosecutor before you talk to drug defense lawyer Doug Woods.

We can discuss your needs during a confidential, free consultation with Tacoma drugs lawyer Doug Woods

Let drug crimes attorney Doug Woods hear you out and discuss some of your options. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us online. We can arrange weekend or evening appointments and also offer flexible, affordable payment plans.

Tacoma Probation Violation Lawyers Defend Your Freedom

What happens if I violate my probation in Washington State?

With experience in municipal, district, superior and federal courts in Pierce and King County and throughout Western Washington State, the criminal defense law practice at The Woods Law Office, PLLC can help you if you have been arrested for a probation violation or scheduled for a review hearing on your probation. Doug Woods is a former prosecutor with vast experience in Tacoma parole violations and probation violations.

The consequences of a probation violation vary with the nature of the violation, but may include a jail sentence, steep fines or additional probation time. Because probation was given in exchange for prison term, you risk losing your freedom because of a mistake. Criminal lawyer Doug Woods fights to help you preserve the terms of your probation and minimize any new or additional penalties.

What is probation?

A sentencing judge sometimes imposes probation instead of sending a person to jail, and sometimes it is imposed in addition to a period of imprisonment. In exchange for being allowed freedom from incarceration, the “probationer” agrees to comply with a number of standard conditions of probation and, depending upon the case, may also have to abide by special conditions. Probation can be for a few months or several years.

While on probation, the probationer is supervised by a probation officer/agent. The officer’s job is to make sure that the probationer does the things the probationer promised he or she would do in order to stay out of jail. When the probationer breaks the terms, the probation officer must notify the court. The sentencing judge then decides what, if any, penalties may be imposed.

Penalties for probation violation

If a probationer commits a crime, the result is often a jail sentence. In cases where the violation is the result of something simple such as not following up on paying restitution, failing to complete drug treatment or counseling or missing a meeting with a probation officer, it may be handled with a minor sanction.

It is, of course, in your best interest to pay close attention to and follow the terms of your probation to the letter. If you have been arrested for a probation violation or have been notified that a probation violation review hearing has been scheduled, call Tacoma criminal defense attorney Doug Woods immediately for a free consultation.

Contact our Tacoma parole violations lawyer to learn more about your options

Don’t risk your probation by waiting too long to get skilled legal representation. To schedule your free and confidential consultation with attorney Doug Woods, please call The Woods Law Office, PLLC at contact us online. We can arrange to meet you on weekends or evenings. Flexible, affordable payment terms are available.

Tacoma Violent Crimes Attorneys On Your Side

Experienced assault and battery lawyers in Pierce County, Washington
The FBI defines violent crime as an offense that involves force or the threat of force, and breaks it down into four main areas. The most common of these is aggravated assault, but violent crimes also include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape and robbery.

Although usually linked, assault and battery involve two actions: assault is the threat of violence, and battery is the actual violence. In other words, raising a fist is the assault; actually punching somebody in the jaw is the battery.

At The Woods Law Office, PLLC, we have helped hundreds of clients throughout Pierce County and King County facing violent crimes charges. Doug Woods is a trial-tested Tacoma violent crimes attorney and former prosecutor with the skill and knowledge to help you when you are facing these serious charges.

Assault laws in Washington State

If you are charged with an assault crime, contact a felony attorney as soon as possible. The police and the prosecution start building a case against you immediately. We want to be able to counter their strategy right from the beginning, too, for charges including:

Assault in the First Degree — Intentionally inflicting great bodily harm with a firearm or deadly weapon or any force likely to produce great bodily harm or death is Assault in the First Degree.

Assault in the Second Degree — This offense includes intentionally assaulting another and recklessly inflicting substantial bodily harm, assaulting another with a deadly weapon, assaulting a pregnant woman and intentionally harming the child, assaulting by poison or strangulation, assaulting another with the intent to commit a felony, and causing pain or agony that is the equivalent of torture.

Assault in the Third Degree — This crime includes assaults on particular persons, such as bus drivers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and doctors or nurses while performing their duties. Causing bodily harm accompanied by substantial pain that causes considerable suffering may also be Assault in the Third Degree.

Assault in the Fourth Degree — An assault that does not amount to Assault in the First, Second or Third Degree or Custodial Assault is Assault in the Fourth Degree.

Although Assault in the Fourth Degree is a misdemeanor, it is no less important that you contact Tacoma assault attorney Doug Woods as soon as possible to protect your rights.

Schedule a free consultation with Tacoma violent crimes lawyer Douglas Woods

You do not have to nor should you speak to the police or investigators without an attorney present. Any statement you make, regardless of how innocent you think the statement is, can and will be used against you in court by a skilled prosecutor. To schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options and protect your rights, contact us online . Weekend and evening appointments are available. We also offer affordable payment plans.