While Colorado has taken steps in recent years to focus its drug-related legislation more on rehabilitation than incarceration, drug crimes are still prosecuted aggressively throughout the state. If you or a loved one is facing a drug offense, contact the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, as soon as possible to discuss your situation. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers know how to assess your case from every angle and pursue a fair and favorable outcome on your behalf. Call our office today to get started.
Types of Drug Offenses in Colorado
Our criminal defense attorneys have represented numerous clients throughout Colorado facing criminal drug charges. Criminal charges for drug-related offenses include:
- Possession of a controlled substance (i.e., drug possession)
- Distribution of a controlled substance (i.e., distribution or sale of drugs)
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to manufacture, cultivate, or distribute
- Unlawful use of a controlled substance
- Juvenile drug offenses
- Gang-related drug offenses
No matter what type of criminal charge you are facing, you can trust that our team of experienced defense lawyers will fight passionately and aggressively to protect your future and freedom.
Understanding Potential Penalties for Drug Offenses
In recent years, Colorado has passed bills that decriminalize the possession of certain schedule I and schedule II drugs in small amounts, such as heroin and fentanyl. If you are arrested for possessing four grams or less of a schedule I or II substance, you will likely face a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony. While Colorado is focusing more on expanding access to drug treatment programs, you can still face jail time and expensive fines if convicted of a drug offense (even a misdemeanor drug charge). Essentially, the higher the quantity of the drug found in your possession, the more severe the criminal charge will be—especially if prosecutors can prove you intended to sell or manufacture large quantities of a controlled substance.
Upholding Your Legal Rights at Every Turn
If law enforcement arrests you for an alleged drug-related offense, contact a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Your lawyer will assess every detail of your case, looking for any violations of your rights during the arrest process. For instance, if the arresting officer did not have probable cause to pull your vehicle over, or if they searched your home without a warrant, your attorney can seek to have the case dismissed or the charges reduced. If you or a loved one is currently facing a drug charge, call the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, as soon as possible to start preparing a strategic defense.