We handle a large number of cases involving individuals charged with controlled substance offenses. For persons under 21, these charges often come with the added threat of the loss of your driving privileges. The penalties for some common charges faced by minors are set forth below.
Beginning in the Fall of 2013, the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, began handling first-time offenses for Minor In Possession of Alcohol and/or Minor Possessing Marijuana through a “Pre-Charging Diversion Program.” Through this program, an individual arrested for those crimes can enter into an agreement to pay a certain sum of money (usually $350), perform community service (usually 4 hours), complete Alcohol-Drug Information School, and commit no crime for a period of time (usually 6 months), and in exchange the individual will not be charged with a crime. A typical letter one may receive, and a typical Agreement, can be found here. In general, this is a good program for offenders, as it allows them to avoid having criminal charges filed against them, which would stay on their record potentially indefinitely. We would be happy to discuss your individual situation.