In February 2018, Snohomish County law enforcement and prosecutors implemented a two-gram rule, meaning that anyone possessing two grams or less of a controlled substance (such as heroin) would not be charged with a crime. Supporters of the two-gram rule argued that prosecutors were overwhelmed with the low-priority cases involving two-grams or less and that by having this rule, prosecutors could focus on other crimes like burglaries and assaults.
The Snohomish County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor said at the time, “We just do not have the resources to adequately process simple possessions and adequately prosecute crimes where there are identifiable victims (of more serious crime).”
Ending the Program?
But now, just over a year and a half later, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornell wants to end the policy, saying that the two-gram rule doesn't adequately address the repeat offenders who get caught with two-grams or less. He would prefer to end the policy and find another way to help repeat offenders by directing them to get treatment or help for their drug addiction.
The problem, though, is that he doesn't have money in the county budget to hire more prosecutors to take on the increase in caseloads that would result in ending the program. Ending the two-gram rule would also mean an increase in prisoners at the county jail as well as a longer waiting time for people to be seen or treated at detox centers.
King County Possession Laws
Here in the greater Seattle area, any type of drug possession outside of small amounts of marijuana could result in serious and long-lasting charges and penalties. Under RCW 69.50, a conviction for drug possession is very serious as it is a Class C felony drug charge. Class C felony charges include the following penalties:
- Up to 5 years in prison,
- Up to $10,000 in fines, and/or
- A combination of these two penalties.
A drug possession conviction can impact your life forever. It will mean you will have a hard time finding employment and housing, and it might stop you from obtaining an education.
Drug Defense Attorney Steve Karimi
If you are facing a drug charge, it is important to have a solid defense to protect your rights. Steve Karimi is a former prosecutor who knows how to build strong defenses. Every day, he works hard to get his clients the best possible results. Call the Law Offices of Steve Karimi at 206-621-8777 now to set up a free consultation or fill out a contact form today.