Ever since the state’s legalization of marijuana on January 1, 2014, Colorado has become one of the drug meccas of the United States. As a result, many view our state as a safer haven for drug activity.
However, as a drug crime attorney in Denver, I can assure you that Colorado police are not getting lax with drug law and neither should Denver residents. Here in Denver, as across the nation, the criminal justice system is a key player in drug-related issues.
Colorado, like most states, regulates the possession, usage, and sale of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), which includes marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, to name a few. A controlled substance is one that the state law has declared to be illegal for sale or use but that may be legally dispensed by prescription.
Colorado law divides these substances into five schedules, Schedule I being the most addictive drugs—too dangerous even for supervised medical use.
If you are in possession of a CDS that has not been prescribed to you by a doctor, you are in violation of Colorado law and could face serious penalties. Depending on the amount and the type of drug, you could be looking at months or even years in prison as well as hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines. Schedule I drugs are greater charges and, if convicted, treated much more severely.
The sale of any controlled substance is also a major offense that is seriously punishable under Colorado law.
If you have been charged with possession of a drug—or any other drug-related activity—in Denver, Colorado, do not wait to contact a drug defense attorney. The Denver criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara can help you build a strong defense and will work to get you the best possible outcome for your case.
Unfortunately, not all races are treated equally by Colorado law enforcement. Latinos in Colorado have been arrested for marijuana at a rate 50 times greater than that of whites.
If you are Latino and have been charged with a drug crime in or around Denver, contact the bilingual criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara for the representation you deserve.