Arrested for Heroin Possession? Contact Deno Millikan in Everett
There’s no such thing as misdemeanor heroin possession in Washington state. If you’ve been arrested with heroin, you are almost certainly going to face a felony charge. To learn about the best ways to resolve a heroin case in Snohomish County or elsewhere in western Washington, contact the Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC in Everett.
Assuming that you were caught with less than two kilograms of heroin, you’ll probably be charged with a Class C felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment and/or fines. The specific sentence you’re likely to face depends on many factors, including prior criminal record and the presence of any aggravating factors, such as possession of a firearm, involvement of minors, proximity to a school, and other considerations.
Many people caught with small quantities of heroin will qualify for diversion to the Snohomish County Drug Court, which offers the prospect of dismissal and a clean record upon completion of its rigorous requirements. Some offenders who are ineligible for drug court can still reduce their sentences by as much as 50 percent through successful completion of the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternatives program. Because our attorneys know the eligibility standards and criteria for admission to either of these programs, we can give you a good idea of your ability to take advantage of them and what to expect if you do.
As experienced trial lawyers who know how to develop and present an effective defense in court, Deno Millikan can fight the charges whenever necessary to protect your interests. We can explore with you such options as the following:
- Attacking the evidence against you through pretrial motions
- Challenging the right of the arresting officer to stop your car
- Contesting the issuance or execution of a search warrant
- Exploiting inconsistencies in the statements or testimony of prosecution witnesses
No matter what the specific charge against you might be, you can’t be convicted unless you’re found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The trial attorneys of Deno Millikan have the experience and confidence necessary to use any available tool that can undermine the evidence against you, either by putting its credibility into doubt, or by keeping it out of the trial record altogether.
Many people facing trouble with Snohomish County heroin charges developed their addiction after previously becoming dependent on prescription painkillers. This trend seems to be increasing throughout the Puget Sound area, and local policymakers are trying to attack the cause of this epidemic. Until a stronger safety net is in place, however, the criminal justice system will continue to carry the burden of response.
If drug dependency has put your freedom into jeopardy, talk to a lawyer who knows the full range of options that can turn your life around while fighting to keep you out of prison. Contact an experienced defense lawyer at the Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC in Everett.