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Possession of Heroin:
Simple possession of a small amount of heroin is a class C felony in Washington state 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 heroin 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.
"Narcotic Drug" Charges Under the VUCSA Laws = Felony & Fines
Since heroin is considered a "narcotic drug" under the VUCSA laws, the penalties increase to a B felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $25,000.
Heroin is considered a "narcotic drug" under Washington VUCSA laws. Therefore, if you are charged with the Manufacture, Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin in Washington State you are facing a B felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
If you are convicted of selling heroin for the first time under Washington VUCSA laws, you would be facing a mandatory minimum of 2 years jail, with a maximum of up to five.
If you had previously been convicted of a sale of heroin, and you are convicted a second time, you would then be facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years in jail.