Being charged with the possession of any drug in the state of Colorado can be a nerve-wracking experience, and may have serious consequences if the charge results in a conviction. But being charged with possession of cocaine is especially dicey – cocaine is classified as a schedule II narcotic drug, the second-most serious drug classification there is.
If you have been charged with possession of cocaine and have questions about cocaine jail time, defenses available to you, cocaine laws, and what happens next, call our skilled drug defense attorney at the law office of Miller Leonard, PC.
What Are the Penalties for Possession of Cocaine in Colorado?
As stated above, cocaine is a schedule II drug – the federal government defines schedule II drugs as those with a high risk of abuse and high risk of psychological or physiological dependence, and as drugs that are “dangerous.” Schedule II drug crimes in Colorado are aggressively prosecuted, and the crime of possession of cocaine is considered to be a class four drug felony. A class four drug felony is penalized by:
- Between six months and two years in jail;
- One-year of parole; and
- A fine of between $1,000 and $100,000.
These penalties are not inclusive; a person may be ordered to attend rehabilitation or drug education classes, may have trouble securing a job or housing as a result of the conviction on their criminal record, and may even face civil consequences, such as losing custody of a child.
If the amount of cocaine in possession is particularly large (i.e. more than 225 grams), then both the charge and the penalties are more severe.
Are There Any Defenses to Cocaine Possession Charges?
It is best to consult with an attorney regarding building a defense to the charge of cocaine possession. Examples of defenses against cocaine possession charges include lack of ownership (the cocaine isn’t yours, lack of knowledge of possession, or illegal search and seizure.
Why Work with a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer?
One of the first things that you should do after being charged with possession of cocaine is to call an experienced attorney immediately. Your attorney can help you by:
- Explaining the criminal process, including the various hearings and court appearances you will need to make;
- Guide you through making a plea of guilty or not guilty, and the advantages and disadvantages of each;
- Assess the evidence that the prosecution has against you;
- File various motions on your behalf, including a motion for suppression of evidence;
- Gather evidence to build a viable defense;
- Negotiate with the prosecution to reach a plea bargain;
- Explain to you cocaine laws and the potential consequences you face; and
- Otherwise represent your best interests throughout the process.
When you hire an attorney, the attorney works for you. Your attorney will do everything possible to secure a conviction of “innocent” or mitigate the worst of charges or sentencing.
Call the Law Office of Miller Leonard, PC Today
It can be scary to face criminal charges, especially ones as serious as possession of cocaine. Representing yourself is not only ill-advised, but also intimidating and challenging to do. When you call the office of Miller Leonard, PC, our Colorado drug possession attorney will get to work on your case immediately. We have an experienced legal team who knows what’s at stake and knows how to protect your best interests.
For your first consultation with our Colorado criminal defense lawyer, please call us today or send us a message telling us more about your case. We can travel to your location, including a jail.