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Spokane County woman arrested after daughter's overdose


When a drug overdose occurs, the results can either be extremely damaging or downright tragic. An overdose can cause serious injury or even death. In addition to these more obvious tragedies associated with a drug overdose, sometimes people can be charged with a drug crime.

Washington State has a reputation for being relatively permissive when it comes to drug use, likely due to the state's legalization of certain forms of marijuana. In reality, Washington has an array of drug laws that can negatively affect a person's life in many ways. From hefty fines to jail time and other penalties, the consequences of being convicted on drug offenses in Washington can be steep. A skilled drug charges attorney can help if a Spokane resident suddenly finds themselves charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, drug manufacturing and more.

Earlier this month, a 54-year-old woman from Spokane County received criminal charges after authorities accused her of being complicit in her own daughter's drug overdose. The woman's adult daughter had ingested a mix of drugs last fall and was later found deceased in a hotel room. Her mother, a registered nurse, had also ingested some of the substances and stands accused of providing the drugs, including morphine and hydrocodone. According to police, a suicide note was found in the hotel room and it bore the signatures of both women.

The mother has since been charged with controlled substance homicide as well as promoting a suicide attempt. These types of serious criminal charges can often be difficult to understand for those suddenly caught-up in a criminal investigation. For those who are also coping with the loss of a loved one at this point, the confusion may prove overwhelming. Taking the facts of one's situation to a criminal defense attorney experienced in drug crimes can be the first step toward a fair conclusion.

Source: KHQ, "Spokane County woman charged in daughter's overdose death," March 16, 2016

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