According to a Glendale, Arizona police report, blood tests taken at Phoenix Children’s Hospital revealed that two children – ages 2 and 4 were found to have illegal drugs in their system. But how did illegal drugs get into the systems of such young children? It appears their mother might be to blame.
2 Children Brought to Hospital with Illegal Drugs in their Systems
Police were dispatched to Phoenix Children’s Hospital when two blood tests belonging to the children of 28-year-old Kathleen Danielle Sumter revealed illegal drug substances. A 2-year-old boy had amphetamine in his system while his 4-year-old sister had both amphetamine and ecstasy in hers. The children’s father brought to the two to the hospital after they both displayed erratic behavior.
According to the police report, the children’s mother, Kathleen Danielle Sumter, had left the home a few days prior to the children being taken to the hospital and was staying at a hotel nearby. According to friends that visited her at the hotel, she was allegedly using methamphetamines.
Sumter had planned on checking herself into a rehab facility and had contacted her husband to bring the children to the hotel so she could say goodbye. When questioned by the police, she told them she thought she cleaned the room thoroughly. She later told police that two of her older children might have also been exposed to drugs. It was later confirmed by hospital testing that drugs were in their systems as well.
Sumter took full responsibility for the children’s exposure to the illicit drugs and also made it clear to police that her husband knew nothing about her drug use.
Sumter was arrested for child abuse but could also face drug crime charges.
Guilty of a Drug Crime?
Being accused of committing a drug crime is a very serious matter. With all the “law speak” that gets thrown around in these cases, it’s often hard for a person to fully understand the allegations they might be facing. That’s why it’s always advised that you work with a criminal defense lawyer if you have been accused of a drug crime.
Here are some of the most common drug-related crimes that are charged and prosecuted in Arizona include:
- Possession of illegal drugs: Being found in possession of illegal drugs can include possessing any quantity of marijuana, narcotics such as cocaine and heroin, and/or possessing dangerous drugs like methamphetamine, ecstasy and clonazepam. In the case of marijuana, your sentence can depend on the quantity of drugs.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia: Drug paraphernalia includes items used to store, ingest, conceal, or perform other actions with drugs. Common types of paraphernalia include pipes, bongs, syringes, baggies, and scales. Penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia are increased where the paraphernalia is used to manufacture, cultivate, and/or distribute a drug (such as a scale and lamps used to grow marijuana).
- Distribution of illegal drugs: Distribution of drugs can describe not only the sale of drugs but any other transfer of drugs from one person to another. If you share marijuana with a friend, for example, you have “distributed” drugs. Monetary compensation is not necessary to sustain a conviction for drug distribution. Additional penalties can be imposed if you are found to be distributing a drug in a school zone.
- Prescription-drug offenses: Common criminal acts relating to prescription drugs include possessing or using a drug that is only available by prescription if you do not have a valid prescription for it and can include using or possessing another person’s prescription drug.
- Using communication facilities to arrange a drug transaction: It is a criminal act to use a communication device (most commonly a telephone or cellular telephone) to assist you in arranging a drug-related transaction. Sending a text message to another person indicating where to meet to exchange drugs is one of the most common way in which these laws are violated.
The Role of a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal law covers a wide variety of topics, including DUI defense, petty theft, drug crimes, grand theft, and sex crimes just to name a few. If you have been accused of any form of crime, it is always advised that you work with a criminal law attorney like the ones at Ferragut Law Firm.
Because the average person does not have an understanding of the criminal justice process, which comprises a number of complex state and federal laws, it’s always advised that you work with a criminal defense lawyer.
Criminal defense lawyers assist clients as their case moves through the criminal justice process, from pre-trial and through the conclusion of the trial proceedings. In some cases, when a client suspects that they might be charged with a crime a client will make the decision to retain a lawyer before they have even been charged. If you have been involved in a criminal incident and have suspicions that you might need a lawyer, it’s best to hire one as quickly as possible as they will be able to provide you with guidance on how to proceed. The earlier an attorney is involved in a case, the more protection they can offer, and even in times ensure that a suspect does not divulge any potentially incriminating information.
A criminal defense lawyer will also be able to advise a client on if a case can even be brought against their client. In cases where there is insufficient evidence, a lawyer’s main objective will be to have the court drop the charges against a client. There are many avenues of defense that a lawyer can apply, including challenging probable cause, persuading a court to reduce or waive bail, and negotiating a plea bargain to reduce charges to a lesser crime or reduce sentencing.
The role of a criminal defense lawyer will be entirely based on the case that is presented and the type of defense that a client needs. Obtaining the help of a criminal defense lawyer early on in your case can mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.
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We are committed to providing the most aggressive, professional, and effective representation for our clients accused of crimes to ensure that their legal rights are protected and that the best possible results are achieved. Contact us to discuss the details of your case.
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