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Is drug court the best option for Washington state offenders?

Many criminal charges in the state of Washington are related to illegal drug use. Narcotics such as cocaine and heroin, as well as prescription drugs and improvised recreational substances like methamphetamine, are a scourge of individual harmony and community fabric.

Drug violations do not necessarily mean the end of life or a career as we know it. The Evergreen State offers options that reduce drugs' drag on the criminal justice system and increase the chances of rehabilitating the offenders. A lawyer may be able to determine if "drug court" is the right choice.

What is drug court in the state of Washington?

This court is designed to work specifically with non-violent offenders facing drug charges. The goal of drug court is to reduce repeat offenses by keeping offenders out of the prison system when supervised treatment and rehabilitation is a better solution.

What is expected of an offender in drug court?

It is likely that the judge in drug court will demand that an offender work with the authorities to complete treatment with judicial supervision. Offenders may also have to complete mandatory drug testing at different points after a court appearance, and other sanctions on unsafe behavior may apply.

Who is eligible to face drug court instead of other criminal court?

Eligibility is somewhat subjective within Washington state law, but there are some accepted minimum requirements. Offenders must be shown to be able to benefit from treatment for a drug problem related to the charges. They must also be free of other charges, such as violent crimes or sexual assault, and those convicted previously of sexual assault are generally exempt from drug court.

Source: FindLaw, "Washington Cocaine Laws," accessed April 26, 2018

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