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If you have been arrested for a drug crime in the Colorado Springs area, it is important that you know there are many defense arguments to be made in these types of cases.

Drug crime charges in Colorado can be highly complex and usually include a wide variety of conditions and extenuating circumstances that can have a significant impact on the severity of the charges.

Drug crimes can carry stiff penalties in Colorado, including prison time, heavy fines, and life-long consequences. The drug crime conviction process is a minefield an experienced attorney can help you navigate. If you have been charged with a drug crime, an attorney can help you before a bad situation gets worse.

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Drug Crime Charges

Common drug charges include possession, trafficking, sales, prescription fraud, and drug cultivation. In Colorado, drug charges are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. While felonies are obviously more serious, misdemeanor charges can still result in prison time, expensive fines, and damages to your reputation. The seriousness of the charge will depend on the type of drug involved, your criminal record, the location where the crime occurred, whether minors or guns were involved, and other factors. An experienced drug crime attorney can help you understand the charges against you, identify the proper defenses, and craft a defense that fits your unique situation.

Colorado Statutory Law

Colorado statutory law breaks drug-related offenses down into two categories: Drug Misdemeanors (DM) and Drug Felonies (DF). Each category is further divided into “levels”: Drug Misdemeanors have to levels, DM1 and DM2, and Drug Felonies have four levels, DF1, DF2, DF3, and DF4.

These categories and levels are important because they dictate the minimum and maximum penalties or sentences that the judges apply depending on the facts of your case. For example, a person convicted of a DF2 faces 4 to 8 years of imprisonment, a fine of $3,000.00 to $750,000.00, or both, plus two years mandatory parole.

In addition to these categories and levels, a judge can “aggravate” your sentence depending on certain factual considerations that may be unique to your situation. Furthermore, “enhanced” penalties can apply for charges such as the sale of drugs to minors.

The following table summarizes the penalties for the various categories and levels:

Level Sentence
DM1 Minimum: 6 months imprisonment, $500 fine, or both
Maximum: 18 months imprisonment, $5,000 fine, or both
DM2 Minimum: $50 fine
Maximum: 12 months imprisonment, $5,000 fine, or both
DF1 Presumptive: 8 to 32 years imprisonment, $5,000 to $1 million fine, or both
Mandatory Parole: 3 years
DF2 Presumptive: 4 to 8 years imprisonment, $3,000 to $750,000 fine, or both
Aggravated: 8 to 16 years imprisonment, $3,000 to $750,000 fine, or both
Mandatory Parole: 2 years
DF3 Presumptive: 2 to 4 years imprisonment, $2000 to $500,000 fine, or both
Aggravated: 4 to 6 years imprisonment, $2,000 to $500,000 fine, or both
Mandatory Parole: 1 year
DF4 Presumptive: 6 months to 1 year imprisonment, $1,000 to $100,000 fine, or both
Aggravated: 1 to 2 years imprisonment, $1,000 to $100,000 fine, or both
Mandatory Parole: 1 year

Recreational and Medicinal Marijuana

Marijuana growth, possession, sale, and use are hot topics in Colorado. Even though marijuana use has been “legalized” in Colorado, there are still important laws in place restricting what the average person can do with regard to growing, possessing, selling, and using marijuana. Because it is a relatively new area, many police and law enforcement may not apply the law properly in your case. An experienced drug crime attorney can help by advising you of your rights under the law, pointing out where the State did not properly apply the law, and vigorously defending you in court.

Your Constitutional Rights

Everyone who is charged with drug crimes has certain constitutional rights, regardless of whether or not he or she is actually guilty of a drug crime. Certain violations, such as illegal searches and forced confessions, may be enough to defeat that State’s case against you. An experienced drug crime attorney can help you by identifying any instances in which your constitutional rights were violated.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of lawyer do I need to fight drug charges?

You need to work with a criminal defense attorney to represent you if you are charged with a criminal drug crime in Colorado Springs.

How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?

Every criminal case is different. Some can be resolved fairly quickly while others may go all the way through a jury trial and beyond. While it is difficult to say how much a criminal attorney will cost in your particular case, our focus on your protecting your freedom extends to providing exceptional criminal defense representation at a reasonable price.

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Don’t Let a Drug Crimes Conviction Ruin Your Life

Unless you are willing to accept the maximum penalties for a drug crimes conviction, it is in your best interests to hire a qualified drug crimes defense attorney in Colorado Springs to guide you through the system.

I know from being on both sides of drug crimes cases that no matter how grim a situation may look, no matter how much it may seem that prosecutors have you dead to rights, there are almost always ways to fight the charges.

A local drug crimes defense lawyer knows how to challenge your drug charges, including the pursuit of case dismissal, plea bargain negotiations, and trying the case in court.

The smartest thing you can do right now is speak to a criminal defense lawyer in Colorado Springs. The call and initial consultation are free so you have nothing to lose.  Schedule the call now.