What Should I Do If I’ve Been Charged with Possession of Cocaine?
Being arrested for possession of cocaine in Colorado can be a traumatic experience. Many people immediately panic and may make mistakes when they are arrested. Because no one anticipates being arrested, making these mistakes is understandable; however, these mistakes could result in you serving additional jail time, paying higher fines, or dealing with other penalties you could have otherwise avoided. We understand and we want to help you avoid these punishments, if at all possible.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, we have extensive experience handling possession of cocaine cases on both sides: Andres R. Guevara is a former drug prosecutor who understands how law enforcement and prosecutors build a case against someone. Call our office at (720) 408-2877 to schedule a free consultation.
Ask for an Attorney and Remain Silent
The most important thing to remember if you are arrested for possession of cocaine in Colorado is not to resist arrest. Even if you know that you are innocent, resisting arrest is a separate criminal charge, regardless of whether or not you are found guilty of the charges. Furthermore, you may place your life and the lives of the officers in danger by resisting arrest.
The second most important thing to remember is to remain silent, except when asking for an attorney. You must provide your name and address to law enforcement; however, you are not legally required to answer any questions before, during, or after an arrest on cocaine charges.
Trying to tell their “side of the story” or “explain what really happened” is one of the most common and serious mistakes that a person makes when he or she is arrested. Officers want you to talk and they want you to waive your right to remain silent and consult with an attorney. Anything you say can be used against you in court; therefore, officers will not encourage you to be quiet or ask for an attorney.
When you do ask for your attorney, do not phrase the request as a question. “Do you think I need an attorney” or “Maybe I should have an attorney present” are not the same as invoking your right to counsel. You must say, “I want to speak to an attorney” in order to invoke your right to counsel.
Once you have asked for an attorney, remain calm, quiet, and respectful until your attorney arrives. One last bit of advice — police lie. It is not illegal for the police to lie to you to encourage you to confess or say something incriminating. Therefore, do not believe the police. Wait until your attorney is present and can speak on your behalf.
Free Attorney Consultation with an Experienced Colorado Drug Defense Attorney
Do not take a Colorado cocaine charge lightly. A felony drug conviction will follow you for the rest of your life, affect your ability to get the jobs that you want, disqualify you for some professional licenses, and deny you the right to own and possess a firearm. Talk to one of our firm’s experienced Denver, CO criminal defense lawyers during your free consultation. Contact our office today.