Drug Trafficking & Distribution in Denver
Strategic Defense from a Denver Criminal Lawyer
Drug charges of any kind must be taken seriously as they can have a
long-term impact on your ability to secure employment, housing, and even student loans.
Since nearly all drug trafficking and distribution arrests will result
in, you could also be facing harsh minimum jail time and steep fines.
If you are arrested for drug trafficking in the Denver area, you could
be facing state or federal charges of trafficking and distribution, even
if when you are arrested, you are not actually making a transaction. If
prosecutors can prove that your intention was to distribute or traffic
drugs (and they will try), you could be convicted. Take these drug charges
seriously — call a Denver drug crimes lawyer right away if you are
facing indictment or have been arrested.
Understanding Trafficking & Distribution
When a law enforcement officer arrests you with drugs on your person, they
will make the determination of what charges to file based on the amount
of drugs in your
possession, whether you have paraphernalia on your person and the amount of cash
you have on your person at the time of your arrest.
Any amount of drugs that exceeds what may be considered “personal
consumption” coupled with baggies, significant quantities of cash,
etc. will likely mean you are facing trafficking and distribution charges.
What Is the Difference Between Drug Trafficking & Drug Distribution Charges?
There is not a significant difference between drug distribution and drug
trafficking charges, as both imply the sale, transfer, or transportation
of a controlled substance. However, in general drug trafficking means
transporting and drug distribution means selling. These two charges are
inextricably linked, and governed by both Colorado and federal law.
Drug Categories in Colorado
Under Colorado laws, drugs are classified into “schedules”
which are as follows:
- Schedule I: Those drugs which have the greatest potential for abuse and
dependency and have no known medical value. Typically, heroin and LSD
will fall into this category.
- Schedule II: Drugs which may have medical use and have a high risk of abuse.
Opioids and cocaine fall into this category of drugs.
- Schedule III: Those drugs have a moderate risk of being abused and have
medical value. Drugs in this class are generally depressants, codeine,
- Schedule IV: Drugs which are widely used for medical purposes and have
a lesser potential to be abused are in this category. Many sedatives and
drugs like clonazepam fall into this category.
- Schedule V: Generally, these drugs are not likely to be abused and include
many over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines.
Keep in mind, you could also be facing penalties for distribution or manufacturing
of other drugs including:
Under no circumstances should you take these allegations lightly, drug
trafficking charges are very serious and you need an experienced Denver
criminal defense attorney to help you through this process. Remember, you may be facing
state or federal charges, depending on where you were arrested, how much
of the drug you had in your possession and a number of other factors.
Your property could also be seized by the State of Colorado or federal
government if they believe you acquired the assets with illegally earned
money. If you have been charged with distributing drugs or intent to distribute,
please call our Denver drug trafficking lawyer immediately.
Criminal Penalties Can Be State or Federal
Only when the drugs are considered to be Schedule V drugs will the charges
on the state level be considered a misdemeanor. Any other possession charge
will be considered a drug felony and the punishment will be very serious.
The lowest level felony drug charge could result in a minimum sentence
of one year in jail, a year of parole and steep fines and penalties. Additionally,
you could be forced to forfeit property.
The most serious state drug felony could mean as many as eight years’
jail time, three years’ parole and fines of up to $1,000,000. These
penalties could be enhanced if you are found to involve minors in distribution
or if manufacturing is potentially hazardous to other persons in the community.
Should you be charged with a federal drug trafficking and distribution
the penalties are far harsher. In addition to being required to forfeit
property trafficking carries a minimum federal sentence of at least one
years in prison. Anyone who is distributing in a school area or other
area considered high risk including arcades, youth centers or other areas
where children may congregate will be subjected to a minimum of twice
the jail time and twice the fines. Second offenders are subject to three-year
minimum sentences and may face three times that amount if occurring in
a forbidden area.
Defending Your Rights
A criminal defense attorney may be able to have the charges against you
reduced to simple possession allowing your case to be held in a drug court
where the penalties lean more towards rehabilitation versus punishment.
One of the aspects of the case your attorney will review is whether or
not your Fourth Amendment rights have been violated prior to your arrest.
Call an Experienced Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Drug charges are not to be taken lightly because not only may you be forced to forfeit
property, you may also be looking at long jail sentences, steep fines,
and a scary future. Keep in mind, a felony conviction for drug trafficking
or drug distribution can impact your ability to find housing, obtain student
loans and secure employment.
You need a Denver drug trafficking defense attorney who will fight aggressively
for you in court. When you need a strong, formidable defense mounted on
your behalf, call the Law Office of Kevin Cahill at (720) 548-2990 and
free consultation. Do not take risks with your freedom and your future.