The City of Everett received national attention after they filed a lawsuit
against a pharmaceutical company for recklessly supplying OxyContin to
drug traffickers in order to maximize the company's profits. Everett
has been swept by a wave of overdoses, crimes, and homelessness as a result
of opioid addiction. This epidemic impacts every corner of our society.
Hopefully, the city can put the money into more rehabilitation programs
if they win the suit.
The funding could increase enrollment in Drug Court and provide other alternatives
to confinement including treatment for addicts committing non-violent
offenses. Currently, the Snohomish County Superior Court has several alternative
programs available to people who are charged with drug possession. I had
a client tell me one program was a life-changing event but it was not
easy and required many hours of hard work each month.
The Adult Drug Treatment Court (ADTC) is a therapeutic court, which handles
cases involving addicted offenders through supervision and treatment.
Drug Court program participants are usually involved in an intensive out-patient
treatment program where they initially attend meetings three times a week.
The meetings taper off as a person moves into a different phase of the
program. Drug Court members must also attend a minimum of three sober
support meetings and be prepared to provide a random urine sample for
Additionally, members are required to obtain employment and receive a GED
in order to graduate from the drug court program. They are required to
partake in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). MRT is a structured program
that focuses on changing your thinking and behaviors that lead to problems
of drug use, relationship difficulties, and negative lifestyles. Members
are not permitted to visit bars, hookah shops, adult entertainment venues,
and casinos. They authorize the drug court team to enter their residence
to verify a sober lifestyle.
The drug court team includes a Superior Court Judge, a prosecutor, a public
defender, treatment professionals and law enforcement. Their goal is to
facilitate and monitor a person’s progression in the program. They
meet in Court for group sessions and will ask about a person’s successes
or struggles with the requirements. Sanctions for a violation include
reprimands, jail, additional treatment, or termination from the program
and sentencing on the underlying felony offense. They have a high failure
rate and only truly motivated individuals will graduate from the program.
Participants make a sacrifice but those who graduate are eternally grateful
and will have a new outlook on life without a felony conviction on their record.
Please contact an experienced attorney who knows your options and eligibility
to get into drug court, TAP, or request a first time offender waiver (FTOW),
or reducing a felony charge to a misdemeanor. You should understand these
terms before your case is resolved. Know your rights and what the best
option is for you.