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Drug Possession Attorney in Colorado Springs

Over the past decade, drug laws have seen many changes, particularly at the state level. Colorado was among the most progressive states in legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, and several states have followed our lead in subsequent years.

Nevertheless, it's a crime in Colorado and under federal law to possess certain kinds of drugs. If police find you with these substances and you get convicted, you could face jail time and stiff fines. Having a criminal defense attorney like William Beck on your side can be the best way to defend yourself against a criminal charge for drug possession, and avoid a costly conviction.

Colorado Drug Possession Laws

Colorado divides all of the known drugs into a handful of categories, called Schedules.

Schedule I has the most serious kinds of drugs. These have a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the U.S., and cannot even be safely administered by a doctor. Schedule I drugs include things like heroin and LSD.

Schedule II drugs are substances that have a high potential for abuse which can lead to severe addiction, but which have some sort of accepted medical use in the U.S. These include drugs like opium, codeine, morphine, methadone, and methamphetamine.

Schedule III drugs are addictive but are less likely to be abused that Schedule I and II drugs. Additionally, they are used for medical treatments in the U.S. Schedule III drugs include ketamine, some anabolic steroids, and hydrocodone.

Less dangerous than Schedule III drugs, Schedule IV drugs are less addictive and less likely to be abused and have a medical purpose. Schedule IV drugs include barbital and lorazepam, as well as numerous other kinds of pain relievers.

Finally, Schedule V drugs are the least dangerous. Included in the list of Schedule V drugs are buprenorphine, as well as very small amounts of drugs found in other Schedules.

Penalties for Drug Possession

The penalties that you could face for drug possession depend on which Schedule the drug is in, how much of the drug you had at the time, and whether you've been arrested in the past. Unfortunately, this means that the penalties you could face vary widely depending on your own circumstances. However, many convictions for drug possession result in several years of jail time, as well as thousands of dollars in fines.

Additionally, people who get convicted for drug possession will have a blemish on their criminal background. This can make it more difficult to get a job, rent an apartment, or get a loan.

Marijuana Possession

One thing that has changed radically in the last few years in Colorado is the law on marijuana possession. Since Amendment 64 passed in 2012, marijuana has been legal in our state, even for recreational use.

However, marijuana is still a highly regulated drug. The growing and distribution industries are tightly monitored by the state government, and possessing pot is still not completely legal, all the time. Instead, adults in Colorado can only legally possess one ounce of marijuana in our state. Possessing more can lead to an arrest and a criminal charge for drug possession:

 

Crime Type

Fines

Jail

1-2 Ounces

Petty Offense

Up to $100

None

2-6 Ounces

Level 2 Drug Misdemeanor

Up to $750

Up to 1 year

6-12 Ounces

Level 1 Drug Misdemeanor

Up to $5,000

Up to 18 months

12 Ounces or More

Level 4 Drug Felony

Up to $100,000

Up to 1 year

Additionally, these are just the state laws dealing with marijuana. The federal government also has laws that regulate marijuana possession which, technically, trump state laws.

Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney William Beck

Being arrested and charged with drug possession in Colorado is the start of a very dangerous journey into our state's criminal justice system. Defending your rights and interests is crucial if you want to avoid a costly conviction, which would stay on your criminal record even after everything else is over.

That's why it's so important to have criminal defense attorney William Beck at your side throughout the process. By advocating vigorously on your behalf both in and out of court, Mr. Beck can ensure you get the best possible outcome. Contact his law office online or call 719-301-5979.

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If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Colorado, contact us today for a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.