Colorado Heroin Possession and Sale Criminal Charges
Heroin use has been steadily increasing over the past decade. With the increase in opiate prescription drugs, more and more people find themselves getting addicted. Many heroin users begin their addictions through the use of oxycodon, oxycontin or similar drugs and then discover that heroin is a much cheaper alternative.
In Colorado, Heroin in a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which means that it is classified as being an extremely addictive drug with no accepted medical use. As a result, heroin possession of any amount is a crime. Similarly, sale of any amount of heroin is also a crime, although drug sales are charged as felonies.
Heroin Criminal Charges in Colorado
Prosecutor offices all along the Front Range are aggressively charging people for heroin possession or sale. Counties such as Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Jefferson, Douglas, Boulder, Larimer, Weld, and El Paso have made arrest and conviction for this crime a high priority. Recent celebrity overdose deaths for heroin use have made the spread of the drug front and center in the media.
As a result, people charged with sale of the drug can expect long prison sentences if convicted. However, having an attorney who knows the pitfalls of these cases can go a long way in getting reduced sentences and alternatives such as probation.
Heroin possession in Colorado is serious, with sentencing to the Colorado Department of Corrections dependent on the quantity of heroin itself or the components used to make the drug.
- Possession of four grams or less of a schedule I drug (such as heroin) is a Class 6 felony
- Possession of more than 4 grams is a Class 4 felony
- If a person possesses at least 25 grams but less than 450 grams, distribution, manufacturing and sale of heroin will be presumed and the person convicted will be sentenced to the Colorado Department of Corrections for an extended period.
- If a person possesses 450 grams or more, he will be presumed to be involved in the distribution, manufacture and sale of heroin, and will face an extensive prison sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Section 18-18-405, C.R.S.
Sale of the drug is a felony and sentences will be based on the quantity sold.
Contact Denver Drug Lawyer Andres R. Guevara
The so-called “War on Drugs” really means that there is a war against people who possess or sell drugs. That means that the entire law enforcement community is out to get you. From the police to the prosecutors to the judges themselves, everyone views this as a war and in every war, innocent people get caught in the cross-fire and people receive worse and unfair treatment.
Andres R. Guevara has twenty years experience fighting this war and has seen every side. Andres and the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara are experts in defending heroin sale and possession cases. With extensive experience in state and federal court, our office has seen it all and know how to create a defense and get the best results for our clients. We bring a new and different perspective to these cases, and we are leaders in innovative approaches to defending agains drug charges. Other firms and attorneys handle these cases in the same tired way, single-staffing and looking for a quick plea. Andres Guevara brings a full picture approach to these cases, focusing not only on the technical side of the case (he has handled large, multi-defendant conspiracy and drug cartel cases) but also with a client-centered defense that has resulted in probation and lower sentences that many of his colleagues. Andres and his team also have been extremely successful in both state and federal court in litigating the legality of police conduct and know how to attack search warrants, wiretaps, and police surveillance procedures.
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