Drug Possession

Possession of illegal drugs is one of the most commonly charged crimes in Colorado. If you are charged with possession, you need to take the charge seriously, and protect your rights by speaking with an experienced Boulder criminal defense attorney immediately. The police may want you to talk to them without an attorney present, but remember, your lawyer's job is to protect your rights. It is extremely important to have a lawyer before you talk to police about the charges.

Illegal Drug ChargesThe severity of the charges depend heavily on the type and quantity of drugs. While the consequences of possessing a quarter of an ounce of marijuana may not be severe,the consequences of possessing a large quantity of methamphetamine is very serious. Drugs are classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency into five schedules, based on risk of addiction and medical value. Schedule I drugs are considered highly addictive with no recognized medical value. This includes drugs like meth, heroin, and marijuana. There is no legal use of Schedule I drugs in the United States. Schedule II drugs are also highly addictive but have recognized medical uses. Schedule III and IV drugs have lower risk of dependence. Prescription medications are generally Schedule II, III, or IV depending on the risk of dependence. Schedule V drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, have little risk of dependence, and are generally available over-the-counter.

The severity of criminal charges for illegal drug possession depends on the schedule of the drug, as well as the quantity.

Controlled Substance in Possession

Felony Class

Schedule I or II

Schedule I or II (with prior offense)

Schedule III

Schedule III (with prior offense)

Schedule IV

Schedule IV (with prior offense)

Schedule V

Schedule V (with prior offense)

Class 4 Felony

Class 2 Felony

Class 4 Felony

Class 3 Felony

Class 5 Felony

Class 4 Felony

Class 1 Misdemeanor

Class 5 Felony

If you have been charged with the possession of any illegal drug, protecting your rights is extremely important. Boulder criminal defense attorney Steven Louth has the legal expertise to secure the best possible outcome for you. Drug possession charges can ruin your future; Steven Louth can help make sure that doesn't happen. With many years of experience defending criminal charges, Steven understands how investigators and prosecutors build cases, and he has the legal knowledge and courtroom acumen to fight for you. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION call Steven Louth at (303)442-2297

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