Skilled Snohomish County Attorneys for Prescription Drug Possession Charges
At the Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC, our criminal defense attorneys advise and represent people charged with prescription drug crimes in Snohomish County, Skagit County, and other western Washington communities. If you need a lawyer’s advice about the best ways to face down and resolve felony charges related to oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, or other controlled substances, contact us in Everett to learn about your legal options.
Founded in 1969, Deno Millikan combines a deep familiarity with Washington state criminal law and procedure with a commitment to serving the legal needs of our community. We work closely with each client to make sure you understand the specific risks you’re facing while building the defense strategy that’s best suited to your circumstances.
You’ll know what to expect at each stage of the case, and you’ll also learn about the ways we can keep your case out of court if you’re eligible for any of the available alternatives to felony prosecution on a controlled substance charge. If we need to fight your case in court through pretrial motions or a jury trial, our skill with trial strategy and tactics can represent an important advantage for our clients.
Prescription opioid abuse has emerged as a serious national public health crisis, and Snohomish County stands out in Washington state as an area that has been hit especially hard. Overdoses, deaths, and admissions to treatment have all spiked in Snohomish County over the last several years. An arrest for felony prescription drug possession can turn out to be a valuable opportunity for those ensnared in chemical dependency to pull themselves out of a self-destructive cycle.
The substances most frequently involved with opioid arrests are Xanax, OxyContin, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. In many cases, these drugs are bought on the street and sold as or combined with heroin. In some cases, dangerous opioids manufactured in China or Mexico are labeled as familiar substances, but turn out to be a great deal more lethal than the drugs they are supposed to be.
Find Out About Your Options for Alternatives to the Criminal Justice System
First-time offenders especially can benefit from the chance to have their cases resolved in Snohomish County Drug Court, where successful completion of a rigorous diversion program can result in dismissal of the criminal charges and a clean record. Similar programs are also available in Skagit and Whatcom counties. Other people can benefit from the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternatives program, which can reduce a felony sentence by as much as 50 percent with a combination of drug treatment and community supervision.
People who have become dependent on prescription opioids should also be aware of Washington’s 911 Good Samaritan drug overdose statute. This law provides that anyone who calls 911 to get help for an overdose victim, or otherwise seeks emergency treatment, cannot be charged or punished for drug possession based on evidence found at the scene. Nobody should fear arrest as a consequence of intervening to save a life.
When you choose to work with a Deno Millikan defense lawyer, you can expect skilled and individualized client service. We’ll give you a good idea of the legal risks you’re facing, and present you with a range of options that are well suited to your personal circumstances. We give you the information you need to make a good decision for yourself, then we execute the strategy you’ve chosen with total commitment to your interests.
Find out more about the ways Deno Millikan can help you get past a felony drug charge related to prescription opioid possession. Contact us in Everett, and put our experience to work for you.