Is Drug Possession a Felony?
Source: Colorado Law
Denver Criminal Attorney on Is Drug Possession a Felony
Colorado drug laws have undergone significant changes in the last few years. Possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized and possession of small amounts of cocaine and heroin has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. As a result, defendants sometimes fail to take the charges seriously. Even a misdemeanor drug possession charge can result in up to 18 months in jail, a permanent criminal record, job loss and thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and treatment fees.
Other times, shame or embarrassment prompts someone to quickly plead to a drug charge in an effort to put the incident behind them.
We think that is a mistake. If you have been arrested and charged with drug possession, contact the Denver criminal defense attorneys at The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Our firm aggressively defends the rights of clients facing drug possession charges throughout the Denver area, including Aurora, Englewood, Lakewood and Boulder.
Possession of some drugs, including methamphetamine, remains a felony punishable by up to 6 years in prison. So does possession of more than 4 grams of cocaine or heroin. And marijuana possession, while decriminalized, still carries a penalty of up to 18 months in jail if more than an ounce is involved. Felony charges apply for more than a half pound, and the potential penalty is up to 3 years in prison.
All forms of drug cultivation, manufacturing, sales or distribution, remain felonies and can lead to serious prison time if convicted.
At The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal, we realize that many people who are charged with drug possession have simply made a mistake. Sometimes, addiction is at issue and should be treated as a medical condition and not a criminal offense. But having a drug charge on your permanent criminal record is something that can follow you for the rest of your life. Whenever you have to apply for a job, you will likely be forced to admit to a drug violation. A drug possession conviction can even prevent you from qualifying for certain types of state or federal aid, including student loans, and may prevent you from entering certain professions, or keep you from holding certain jobs or occupational licenses.
If you are facing a Colorado drug charge, contact the Denver defense attorneys at The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. We’re on your side. And we will do everything possible to help you put this incident behind you without damaging your future.
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