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Delivery of a Controlled Substance to Someone Under 18

In Washington state, there is a separate statute that applies when an individual delivers a controlled substance to someone who is under 18 years of age. It is a very serious offense that bring a mandatory prison sentence. It applies to instances where drugs are not only sold but also when they are simply shared. If a person shares alcohol with a minor they face a misdemeanor charge, but giving narcotics to someone under age 18 brings a standard range sentence of 51 to 68 months in the state penitentiary. The offense even applies to imitation controlled substances that are given to minors.

Involving a Minor in Drug Dealing

A separate Washington statute covers the offense of Involving a Minor in Drug Dealing. This offense is defined as involving a person under the age of 18 in a transaction involving the sale of a controlled substance. The statute is intended to address instances where children are involved as lookouts for drug dealers or possibly couriers of the drugs. The offense bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 51 months in prison. Under the law it is insufficient to show simply that a minor was present where drugs were sold. Rather it must be shown that the minor was himself involved with the transaction, even if this means assisting in a minimal way.

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