Drug Crime Penalties
Call an Experienced Denver Drug Crime Defense Counsel
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you potentially face significant criminal penalties, including substantial jail time and steep criminal fines. However, if you otherwise have a clean criminal history, you might have an opportunity to keep your record clean. Colorado law recognizes the importance of giving drug offenders an opportunity to address drug addiction and abuse.
At Fife Luneau, P.C., we have a sophisticated understanding of Colorado criminal law to help ensure that your life is not defined by your mistakes. If you are eligible, you can count on us to convince the court to give you a merciful alternative to the harsh criminal penalties ordinarily associated with committing a drug crime.
For more information about your legal options call us at (720) 408-7130 or contact us online today.
Colorado Drug Crime Penalties
Under Colorado law, it is a crime to possess, use, or distribute a controlled substance. Like federal law, Colorado classifies drugs into different “schedules.” Schedule I controlled substances are considered to provide no medical benefit and have a high potential for abuse. Successive schedules involve a lower potential for abuse and have an accepted medical use. However, unlike federal law, marijuana possession and use are effectively decriminalized.
Colorado law recognizes different drug felony levels for certain drug crimes:
- Level 1 Drug Felonies include selling more than 225 grams of a schedule I or II controlled substances; selling marijuana to a minor. A level 1 drug felony can involve up to 32 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
- Level 2 Drug Felonies include selling between 14 and 225 grams of a schedule I or II controlled substance; selling material for manufacturing drugs; possessing material to make methamphetamine. Conviction of a level 2 drug felony can result in up to 8 years in prison, and $750,000 in fines.
- Level 3 Drug Felonies include the attempt to commit a level 2 drug felony; selling no more than 14 grams of a schedule I or II controlled substance; distributing imitation controlled substances to a minor. Level 3 drug felonies are punishable with up to 6 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
- Level 4 Drug Felonies include attempting to commit a level 3 drug felony; selling up to 4 grams of a schedule III or IV controlled substance; possessing a controlled substance. A level 4 drug felony can mean up to 1 year in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Other Penalties and Programs
Drug Offender Public Service. Under Colorado law, drug offenders are required to complete at least 48 hours of public service for committing a drug felony in addition to any sentence rendered by the court.
Pretrial Diversion. In exchange for agreeing to enter a drug treatment program, the court can stay criminal proceedings for up to 2 years for eligible defendants. This alternative to prison time and fines are often available to first-time offenders involving a misdemeanor drug offense.
Deferred Sentencing. The court may stay sentencing for up to 4 years for certain eligible drug felony offenders if they agree to complete a drug rehabilitation program.
Providing Denver Residents with Compassionate Legal Advocacy
Drug charges are a serious concern. Thankfully Colorado law recognizes that many drug offenders are also victims in the ongoing war on drugs. To determine your eligibility for a pretrial diversion or deferred sentencing, you should consult an experienced Denver drug penalty attorney for advice. At Fife Luneau, P.C., we are dedicated to preserving your right to seek rehabilitative treatment for drug use.
Call Fife Luneau, P.C. at (720) 408-7130 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation with a skilled criminal defense attorney.