Shielding You From The Harsh Penalties Of A Drug Crime
The public attitude about drug use has changed substantially in the past few years. However, the state of Colorado punishes drug offenses as seriously as ever.
At Hernandez & Associates, P.C., we have seen firsthand the damage that a conviction for a drug charge can have on someone’s life. We are committed to defending your rights aggressively if you live in the Denver area and you face a criminal drug charge.
What Sentences Could I Face?
Colorado has two classes for drug misdemeanors. Some of the most common examples include unlawful drug possession, possession of more than two ounces of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a drug misdemeanor. Misdemeanor drug crime penalties in Colorado can include:
- Level one drug misdemeanor: A fine between $500 and $5,000 plus six to 18 months in jail.
- Level two drug misdemeanor: A fine between $50 and $750 plus up to one year in jail.
Felonies are even more serious. Felony drug offenses include distributing or selling controlled substances, trafficking controlled substances, and conspiracy to commit a drug felony. Some of the consequences are:
- Level one drug felony: A fine of $5,000 to $1 million and eight to 32 years in prison.
- Level two drug felony: A fine of $3,000 to $750,000 and between four to eight years in prison.
- Level three drug felony: A fine between $2,000 to $500,000 and between two to four years in prison.
- Level four drug felony: A fine between $1,000 to $100,000 and up to one year in prison.
Both misdemeanors and felony drug offenses can also result in probation, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and community service. In addition, your career opportunities, housing options, educational advancement and immigration status could suffer. If you are still petitioning for your status, a criminal charge could affect the outcome. If a court finds that you committed a drug crime that is also a crime of moral turpitude, you may face removal proceedings.
Get A Proactive Drug Defense Legal Team On Your Side
If the state has charged you with a drug offense, contact Hernandez & Associates, P.C., immediately. We will immediately do everything we can to minimize the penalties you face. To schedule a completely free consultation with us, please call 303-536-5134 or send us an email today.