Drug Crimes Defense Attorney in Denver, Colorado
In Colorado, it is an offense to possess, manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substances or illegal drugs. A defendant convicted of any drug-related offense in the state may face devastating penalties and other immediate and long-lasting consequences. With your liberty and future on the line, you may naturally feel overwhelmed and terrified.
If you're facing drug charges, you need to retain a strategic Colorado criminal defense attorney to help build your defense strategy. At the Law Offices of Malcolm B. Seawell, we have the diligence, expertise, and resources to guide and represent clients in their drug crime cases. Our attorneys will fight vigorously to uphold your legal rights and help keep your record as clean as possible.
The Law Offices of Malcolm B. Seawell is proud to represent clients across Denver, Colorado, and surrounding communities throughout the Denver Metro area, including Golden, Arvada, Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Boulder, Brighton, Englewood, and Castle Rock, Colorado.
Federal Drug Crime
A drug offense will be charged as a federal drug crime if it involves any of these circumstances:
The defendant was arrested by an undercover federal officer.
The defendant was apprehended while committing the drug offense on federal property or area.
The drug crime is heinous and requires devastating penalties.
There were other criminal activities involved in the drug offense, such as gang activity, firearms, or money laundering.
The drug crime crossed between state lines (such as drug trafficking or distribution).
A practiced Colorado drug crimes defense lawyer can review the surrounding details of your case and educate you about the nature of your drug charges.
Drug Charges in Colorado
In the state of Colorado, an individual may be arrested and charged with any of these drug-related crimes:
Drug Possession – Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
Under Colorado law, it is an offense for a person to knowingly possess a controlled substance. Depending on the type of drug, drug possession (or simple possession) may be charged as misdemeanor drug possession, felony drug possession, or aggravated felony possession.
Drug Sale – Sale of a Controlled Substance
According to Colorado law, it is an offense for any individual or entity not authorized by law to knowingly sell or dispense a controlled substance.
Drug Use – Unlawful Use of a Controlled Substance
According to Colorado law, it is an offense for a person to use any controlled substance unless the drug was dispensed by or under the direction of licensed personnel.
Sale or Manufacture of an Imitation Controlled Substance
In Colorado, it is a felony offense to manufacture, distribute, sell, or possess with intent to sell any substance or drug that purports to be a genuine controlled substance but is not.
If you or someone you know has recently been arrested or indicted for a drug offense in Colorado, you need to reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Your legal counsel can inform you about the seriousness of your charges and help strategize your best defenses.
Drug Schedules in Colorado
In Colorado, controlled substances are categorized into five "schedules." These are:
Schedule I: These drugs are dangerous, have a high potential for abuse, with no known medical use. Examples include opiates, hallucinogens (LSD), heroin, mescaline, peyote, and psilocybin.
Schedule II: These are substances with a high potential for abuse. They also have limited restrictions for medical purposes. Examples are opium, methamphetamine, fentanyl, methadone, PCP, morphine, and cocaine.
Schedule III: These substances have a moderate potential for abuse compared to Schedule I or Schedule II drugs and are strictly restricted for medical treatments. Examples are anabolic steroids, barbiturates, Ketamine, codeine, and Suboxone.
Schedule IV: These are drugs with a lower potential for abuse compared to Schedule III drugs. They are allowed for medical purposes. Examples are depressants and stimulants, such as Xanax and Valium.
Schedule V: These drugs have an even lower potential for abuse. They are allowed for treatment purposes. Examples are Phenergan with codeine, cough syrups, Robitussin AC, and Lomotil.
However, the nature and severity of your penalties will depend on the drug schedule classification, your criminal history, the quantity of drugs involved, and other surrounding circumstances.
Consequences of a Conviction
In the state of Colorado, the punishments for drug-related charges are often devastating. If convicted, you may face any of these penalties and ramifications:
Prison sentences (ranging from months, years, or decades)
A criminal history/record
Mandatory drug treatment classes
Inability to own, possess, or carry firearms
Increased difficulty in securing accommodation or employment.
Loss of voting rights
Increased difficulty traveling abroad
Increased difficulty in obtaining public assistance
Ineligibility for certain financial loans
A dependable lawyer can assess every aspect of your case and help build a solid defense to fight your charges and avoid the severe consequences of a criminal conviction.
Take Legal Action Today
When facing drug crime accusations, getting experienced and reliable representation is imperative to ensure that you do not end up in the worst possible situation. At The Law Offices of Malcolm B. Seawell, our attorneys have devoted their careers to defending individuals who have been wrongfully charged with drug-related offenses.
As your attorney, we can investigate every aspect of your case, refute the accusations against you with substantial facts, and outline a solid defense with your best interests in mind. We will also help you work through the Colorado criminal justice system. Above all, we will represent you aggressively in every stage of the legal proceedings and make sure you get a fair hearing.
Drug Crimes Attorney Serving Denver, Colorado
If you are facing drug crime charges, don't face them alone. Contact the Law Offices of Malcolm B. Seawell today to arrange a straightforward case assessment. Our dependable legal team has the skilled representation and experienced legal counsel you need in your case. We're proud to represent clients throughout Denver, Golden, Arvada, Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Boulder, Brighton, and Castle Rock, Colorado.