Should I plead guilty to drug charges?
|Denver Drug Charges
Frequent complications of drug convictions
We understand being charged with a drug violation is embarrassing. And it is frequently one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. Unfortunately, those charged with a drug crime sometimes decide to quickly plead guilty in an effort to put the incident behind them.
The Denver defense attorneys at The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal believe that is a mistake. Our attorneys are committed to aggressively representing each client we take the responsibility of representing. The decisions you make in the wake of a Colorado drug charge can impact the rest of your life. We feel so strongly about the need to fight these charges that we offer a free and confidential consultation to anyone facing drug charges in the Denver area, including Boulder, Lakewood, Englewood and Aurora.
The problem with quickly pleading out to a drug charge – even a minor possession charge – is that you’ve just taken all control out of your hands and placed it with the State of Colorado. And you’ve gotten nothing in return. All you’ve accomplished is to do a favor to the state, which is more than happy to clear your case from its overworked docket and accept a guilty plea for a charge it may or may not have been able to prove.
The consequences of a drug conviction are numerous. Frequently, clients will face more serious charges for future violations and will face stiffer penalties for conviction. From a practical standpoint, a drug conviction will remain on your record forever and can cause all sorts of long-term problems. Merely being forced to list a drug conviction on every job application you fill out for the rest of your life is more than enough reason to fight the charges.
And many times, a drug charge is the beginning of a long haul through the criminal justice system. It is not at all uncommon for someone to spend years, or even decades, under the control of the court system, or even behind bars, for an underlying small-time drug charge. The requirements of probation, supervision, treatment and other court-mandated obligations frequently trip up defendants, leading to additional criminal charges for missing an appointment, testing positive during a drug test, associating with convicted criminals (even family members), or failing to maintain employment acceptable to the court. Frequently, defendants also find themselves in trouble with the law before completing court requirements on an existing charge, thereby exposing themselves to additional penalties for violating their probation.
Our Denver defense lawyers will carefully review your case and speak with you about your options. In some cases, particularly for first-time offenders, alternative sentencing options like drug court or a reduction in charges may be possible. In other cases, we may be able to challenge evidence in your case and seek a reduction or dismissal of the charges.
By building each case for trial, we will negotiate from a position of strength and fight for the best outcome possible to protect your freedom, your livelihood and your future. Contact The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.
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