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We Understand Colorado’s Complex Drug Laws

At the Law Office of Jill M. Jackson, we understand how frightening it can be to be accused of a drug-related crime. As your future and freedom are called into question, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. As a highly-skilled Denver drug crimes lawyer with a proven history of success, Attorney Jill Jackson can deliver the aggressive representation you need to ensure your rights are protected during this time.

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Types of Drug Crimes in Colorado

Colorado’s drug laws have seemingly grown more complicated and intimidating in recent years. Back in 2013, drug crimes in general were reclassified by the Colorado legislature, which ultimately implemented several different levels of charges.

Colorado’s drug crimes are now divided into:

  • Drug felonies: Including Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 felonies
  • Drug misdemeanors: Including Level 1 and Level 2 misdemeanors
  • Drug petty offenses

However, it is important to note that while this may seem more convoluted, the ultimate goal by this reclassification was to lessen the harsh and unreasonable penalties of the previous laws.

What Drugs are Legal in Colorado?

With the passing of Amendment 64 in 2012, Colorado has legalized the possession, cultivation, and private use of marijuana by those aged 21 and over. With that being said, possessing more than one ounce of marijuana without a valid prescription is still considered a crime, as is driving under the influence of marijuana. For more information on Colorado's laws regarding medical and retail marijuana, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's website.

Drug Classifications in Colorado

Colorado state statutes and the Denver Revised Municipal Code establish laws and penalties for drug violations. Penalties for drug crimes in Colorado vary based on the type of controlled substance involved, which are broken into different "schedules" under federal law. Federal drug schedules classify substances on a I - V scale, with schedule I drugs being considered the most dangerous or highly addictive and schedule V drugs having the lowest risk of abuse.

Examples of different drug schedules include:

  • Schedule I Drugs: Heroin, LSD, Peyote, Methaqualone, Ecstasy
  • Schedule II Drugs: Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Opium, Amphetamine / Adderall®, Methadone, Oxycodone / Percocet®, Codeine, Morphine, Methamphetamine
  • Schedule III Drugs: Combination drugs like Vicodin, Tylenol with Codeine, buprenorphine / Suboxone®
  • Schedule IV Drugs: Xanax®, Valium®, Soma®, Restoril®, Ativan®, Versed®, Halcion®
  • Schedule V Drugs: Robitussin AC®, Phenergan with Codeine®, Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica®, Parepectolin

Penalties & Sentencing for Drug Crimes

Within those subcategories, there are a variety of different drug-related offenses that can be committed, including things like possession, distribution, and trafficking. The more severe penalties tend to be levied on offenses like distribution and trafficking of drugs such as methamphetamines, marijuana, ecstasy and MDMA, heroin, prescription drugs, and other controlled substances. Likewise, harsher penalties may be imposed if aggravating factors are present such as a defendant's history of past offenses, parole violations, or if a large quantity of a prohibited substance was involved.

Depending on the type of charge, a drug crime conviction could carry the following penalties:

  • Heavy fines
  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Drug treatment

In some cases, drug offenses and convictions can result in hefty minimum sentences which include mandatory prison time. The most serious drug offenses in Colorado can carry sentences up to 32 years in prison and up to $1,000,000 in fines. That is why if you have been charged with any drug offense in Colorado, it is important to immediately reach out to an experienced drug crime lawyer in Denver to help work your case.

Contact an Experienced Drug Crime Lawyer

At the Law Office of Jill M. Jackson, we focus in all types of criminal defense, including and especially drug crime defense. Our goal is to make sure your rights are fully defended as well as ensuring that your side of the story is heard in order to fight for your best interests in court and throughout the legal process.

The facts of the case, the type of drug offense, and a number of other factors can play into the conviction and sentencing. Make sure you are defended by an aggressive drug attorney in Denver and contact the Law Office of Jill M. Jackson today.

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