Possession of Cocaine:
Simple possession of a small amount of cocaine is considered a C felony under the Washington state VUCSA laws and is punishable by up to 5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
However, when anything other than a very small amount of cocaine is recovered, or if a large amount of cash or scales or numerous zip-lock baggies are also recovered, the State will often charge an individual with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and since cocaine is considered a "narcotic drug," the penalties increase to a B felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $25,000.
Manufacture or Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver of Cocaine
Cocaine is considered a "narcotic drug" under the Washington State VUCSA laws. Therefore, if you are charged with the Manufacture, Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver cocaine in Washington State you are facing a B felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
In Washington State there are sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine which impose a mandatory minimum prison term of 5 years jail all the way up to 20 years jail and can include severe fines if you meet the following criteria:
- It is your first crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed is in excess of 5 grams;
- It is your second crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed is in excess of 3 grams; or
- It is your third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed is in excess of 1 gram.