Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller reportedly spent some time in the emergency room of a local hospital in December following a suspected drug overdose. Ms. Mueller’s publicist downplayed the drama, claiming that Ms. Mueller’s assistant mistook exhaustion for a possible drug overdose. He reminded reporters that Ms. Mueller left the hospital just one hour after arriving. She was officially diagnosed with exhaustion.
Had she been hospitalized for a drug overdose, however, she could have, until recently, faced criminal charges if she had been in possession of a controlled substance when she was hospitalized.
California’s state legislature passed new legislation in September. The law decriminalizes possession of controlled substances when people voluntarily cooperate with police and emergency responders to get treatment for potential drug overdoses. The intention of the legislation is to encourage people to report drug overdoses to get the victim medical attention rather than failing to dial 911 for fear of getting busted. According to the legislation, drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death among young people in the United States.
The legislation protects nonviolent drug users who seek treatment and cooperate with the police. It does not protect those who deal drugs, or who engage in violent behavior toward police or first responders. If you or a loved one has been arrested on a drug related charge, it is vital that you obtain qualified representation to protect your rights and your freedom. Call a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately after the incident occurs to give your attorney the opportunity to help you right away.