What does VUCSA/ILL Drugs INV mean? What kind of drug? Marijuana?
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My guess is that you got this information from the jail computer screen, as this is a common way they abbreviate things. VUCSA stands for violation of the uniform controlled substances act. There is no way to tell which drug from this limited information. ILL means illicit or illegal (which goes without saying). INV means "investigation" hold. When someone is arrested for a felony, they can only be held without bail until the next business day, at which time they must be brought before a judge to have bail set (unless it is a capitol/death penalty case). When someone is freshly arrested, and has not yet had their bail hearing, it shows on the jail screen as an INV (investigation) hold. He should seek an attorney to help him sort this out.
I agree with the other attorneys on this thread on the interpretation of the acronyms. It is also true that a person is rarely denied bail except in extreme circumstances and it's more likely that this information has not been updated on the jail roster. Your friend should consider hiring an attorney as soon as possible.
VUCSA = violation of the uniform controlled substances act. He is being investigated for drug possession. What kind of drug is impossible to tell based only on this information.
He has not been denied bail; that is only allowable in capital cases such as aggravated murder.
In Washington State, the court cannot deny bail prior to conviction except on capital offenses. When someone is arrested on a felony there are often held without bail until their initial appearance. This usually happens the next day. The jail websites often don't have the most current information posted. A bail bondsman will be able to tell you what the bail amount actually is.
After conviction there are a number of reasons someone could be held without bail.
VUCSA = "violation of the uniformed controlled substance act"
ILL drugs = "illegal drugs"
INV = "investigation"
Your friend is being held on a felony drug charge and needs a lawyer.