If charged with a drug crime, Ms. Odama understands and knows you may feel overwhelmed, scared, or embarrassed. In Washington, drug crimes are often referred to as VUCSA offenses. VUCSA is short for Violation of the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act. VUCSA charges carry significant penalties which may include jail or prison time, as well as collateral consequences such as loss of eligibility for education benefits, ineligibility for state and federal food stamps, loss of the right to vote, loss of firearm rights, a required biological sample for DNA identification analysis, and so forth. A felony drug conviction may also result in community custody, a chemical dependency evaluation and follow up treatment.
Ms. Odama has significant experience defending those charged with:
- VUCSA Delivery – selling drugs
- VUCSA Possession With Intent to Deliver – attempting to sell drugs
- Drug possession – including possession of marijuana, crack, cocaine, methamphetamine (meth), heroin, oxycontin, methadone, opiates, Ecstasy, prescription drugs, and other controlled substances;
- Possession of drug paraphernalia such as scales, baggies, pipes, etc.
- Juveniles charged with all drug crimes
- School zone violations
- Drugs in schools
VUCSA charges are unique because cases often hinge upon the credibility of the arresting officers.
- In 2009, in a felony VUCSA Delivery case, Ms. Odama moved for a mistrial after the Detective unexpectedly made outrageous and inflammatory statements during his cross-examination. Ms. Odama subsequently brought forth a Motion to Dismiss for prosecutorial mismanagement and the trial judge ultimately dismissed the case.
- In 2010, Ms. Odama tried another VUCSA Delivery and the jury acquitted her client despite the involvement of several undercover officers who testified they actually purchased cocaine from the client.
There may be other options for drug cases that do not include pleading guilty
If your case does not go to trial, Ms. Odama knows you have other options. Ms. Odama worked as a defense attorney in the King County Drug Court from 2008 – 2009 and is familiar with how this program works and how to get someone into this specialized program. Drug Court is a program that combines the resources of the criminal justice system, drug and alcohol treatment, and other community service providers to compel a substance-abusing offender to address his or her substance abuse problems by providing an opportunity for treatment while holding the offender strictly accountable. If accepted into Drug Court and upon successful completion, the participant graduates and the underlying criminal charges are dismissed.
If you are not eligible for Drug Court, Ms. Odama can help you explore a DOSA (Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative) that can provide you with a treatment alternative instead of a long prison term.
It is extremely important to have an attorney who not only has fought these types of cases in trial, but also is familiar with other statutory alternatives that may be available to you. Let Ms. Odama fight for you to help keep you out of prison and back on your feet.