In 2012, Colorado made U.S. history by becoming 1 of only 2 states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. However, you should not let that fool you into thinking Colorado has an easygoing attitude toward all drugs. Drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines are still highly illegal, and being caught in possession of illicit drugs or certain types of medication without a prescription is a serious offense in South Denver. You may even find yourself in trouble for being in possession of marijuana if you are found with more than one ounce or you are under 21 years of age. If you are charged with carrying illegal amounts or substances, you need to hire a drug possession attorney to defend you.
To avoid tough penalties and lifelong consequences, it’s critical to enlist the aid of an experienced Denver drug possession attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can work to defend you from these serious charges and may be able to limit the collateral consequences.
You need a Denver drug possession lawyer who knows how to defend the specific type of charges you’re facing. Call us at (720) 548-2990 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Like the federal drug law, Colorado classifies controlled substances under different schedules according to their potential for abuse. The ranking system includes five schedules, with Schedule I drugs having the highest potential for abuse and Schedule V having the lowest. The controlled substance you have been accused of possessing may affect the type of charge and sentences you are facing.
Below, we’ve listed the different schedules and the type of substances they may include:
Regardless of the type of substance you have been accused of possessing, you are looking at prison or jail time and some staggering fines. Any type of controlled substance possession charge carries serious potential consequences and demands serious legal representation.
Recently, Colorado changed the way these types of crimes are charged and sentenced in our state. Rather than going up against a Class 4 Felony or Class 2 Misdemeanor, charges are now labeled as DF4 (drug felony 4) or DM 2 (drug misdemeanor 2), for example, and the specific penalties have been altered as well:
If you are up against a DF1, you should know that the minimum prison sentence is guaranteed – with no possibility of suspension. There is somewhat good news, though. Those facing DF2, 3, or 4 charges won’t have to worry about sentences in the aggravated range unless their case meets very specific requirements.
Having worked as a criminal defense attorney for many years, Denver drug possession attorney Kevin Cahill knows how to navigate the criminal justice system and what defense strategies work best with controlled substance charges. With him in your corner, you can greatly improve the likelihood of a positive outcome in your controlled substance case.