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Denver Drug Lawyer for Charges

Experienced Denver’s drug attorney, Steven J. Pisani, provides reliable legal representation for persons accused of drug crimes across Colorado. Legal representatives, juries, and judges find criminal drug charges particularly challenging.

Being convicted for a drug felony comes with a series of severe consequences that you can’t easily tell except with the help of a knowledgeable drug lawyer. After being convicted of a drug felony in Colorado, collateral consequences may limit the defendant’s ability to obtain or apply for:

  • Driver’s license
  • Commercial license
  • College scholarship funds
  • Professional licenses
  • Specific government jobs
  • Possess or own a firearm

These collateral consequences may limit a person’s ability to find a job, live like a normal citizen, earn income, and fend for their family after serving a term.

You need a drug felony lawyer on your side to argue your case so you can stand the chance of getting a collateral relief.

The Consequences of Conviction Can Be Reduced

In recent years, most of the people in prison and jail were there due to drug issues. In fact, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition records that the felony drug filings have surged more than 200% since 2012. Out of these felony filings, at least 75% are charges associated with drug possession.

The Colorado governor along with the state legislators have been striving to find ways to lower the residents incarcerated in Colorado facilities and relieve the overworked courts. Luckily, the House Bill 19-1263 was signed into law in May 2019, and it helps to reduce the maximum penalty for Schedule I and II drugs’ possession for personal use.

Only an aggressive Denver Drug Attorney understands the bill in detail and the people it should protect. So, if you’re facing charges for possessing Schedule I and II drugs, don’t hesitate to call Law Office of Steven J. Pisani at (303) 635-6768.

Legal Drugs in Colorado

In Colorado, it’s legal for people aged 21 years and above to possess marijuana in small quantities. But it’s criminal to possess over one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana (except for medical marijuana) for individuals below 21.

It’s also illegal to possess marijuana on any property owned by the federal in Colorado – to do so, an individual must meet more stringent requirements as stipulated in the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

The federal owned property includes airports. National Parks, post offices, courthouses, HUD housing, and the Veteran’s Administration.

Illegal Drugs in Colorado

In Colorado, controlled substances fall under five “schedules” depending on the drug’s potential for abuse. Besides, a separate schedule applies to synthetic cannabinoids and salvia possession.

The drug schedules in Colorado include:

  • Schedule 1: Drugs in this category have a high abuse potential and no accepted medicinal use, or those considered unsafe for medical use, including under health supervision. Drugs under schedule 1 include heroin and hallucinogens like PCP, LSD, peyote, mescaline, and psilocybin (magic mushrooms).
  • Schedule II: These drugs have high abuse potential, but acceptable medical use. If a person abuses these drugs, they can experience severe physical and psychological dependence. Examples include opium and prescription-based opioid pain tabs like oxycodone, morphine, methadone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. Schedule II drugs also include stimulants such as methamphetamines and cocaine.
  • Schedule III: The abuse potential of drugs in this category is lesser than that of drugs under Schedule I and II. These drugs have accepted medicinal use, which can result in high psychological dependence and moderate or low physical dependence. Examples of schedule III drugs are ketamine, barbiturates, anabolic steroids, and certain medications, such as codeine in small amounts.
  • Schedule IV: Are drugs whose potential of abuse is lower than that of Schedule III drugs. They have an acceptable medical use although this could lead to limited physical and psychological dependence. Examples are anti-anxiety medications like diazepam.
  • Schedule V: These drugs are the least dangerous, with the lowest abuse potential. They have an acceptable medical use and can lead to limited psychological or physical dependence. Examples include over-the-counter cold medications and cough syrups with small quantities of codeine.

Drug Penalties

The drug laws in Colorado favor treatment over incarceration as far as personal use is concerned. As a result, the illegal possession of small amounts of all, except the most seriously controlled drugs, is often a misdemeanor.

When the case involves serious narcotics, or the offense involves manufacturing or sales, you may face felony charges.

Penalties for a drug offense may entail both hefty fines and prison time based on factors, such as:

  • The schedule of the drug in question
  • The number of drugs involved
  • Whether you’ve got a history of drug-related convictions or you are a habitual user
  • Whether the substance was for sale, personal use, or large-scale distribution
  • Whether you are on parole, probation, or imprisoned for a felony.
  • The consequences of drug charges can range from a fine of $1,000 or/and a six months jail term to 32 years prison term and up to $1 million in fines.

Call Denver Drugs Attorney for Help

If you or a loved one faces drug charges arrest in Colorado, call our Denver Drugs Attorney for help. Don’t lose your freedom and rights or risk being labeled as a drug offender. Call our Denver office now at (303) 635-6768.

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