Although drug possession charges in the State of Colorado are often misdemeanor or even petty offense charges, depending on the drug and the quantity, possession can result in felony charges, which can result in significant prison time as well as hefty fines. For most Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, possession charges are either a Class 6 felony or a Class 4 felony depending on the quantity. Marijuana possession is a little bit different; in many cases possession will be a petty offense or a misdemeanor, but possession of a large enough quantity of marijuana is a Class 6 felony.
If you have been charged with possession of any illegal drug, you should speak with a Denver criminal defense attorney who has experience defending drug charges immediately. A conviction for drug possession can make it difficult to find work, participate in government programs, or even to find housing. Fighting felony possession charges can be an extremely stressful, life-changing process. Don’t let possession charges ruin your life; an experienced lawyer will protect your rights as your case moves through the justice system, and work hard to get your charges dismissed or to get you an acquittal.
Remember that under the U.S. Constitution, if you are charged with any crime you are innocent until proven guilty. It is sometimes easy for people to forget that being accused of a crime is not the same as having committed a crime. If you are riding in a car, the driver is pulled over for any reason, and drugs are found in the car, you may be charged with possession. If you are at someone’s home, and police come into the home for any reason and find drugs, you may be charged with possession. Possession charges can be increased by other factors in addition to drug type and amount such as previous drug related convictions. Other factors to consider are if the drug transaction involved minors or occurred in close proximity to a school as well as if a lethal weapon was also in your possession. Any of these factors could cause a petty charge to suddenly become a much more serious charge.
The criminal-justice system can be very intimidating and overwhelming for anyone to deal with alone. Luckily, you have the right to legal representation of your choosing and in all situations you are innocent until proven guilty. Contact a professional Denver criminal defense attorney today to ensure that your rights are protected so you can face these serious charges with confidence. John Fuller is an experienced attorney who can work on your behalf in order to get you the most successful outcome possible. Please call us at (303)597-4500 for a free case evaluation today.