DeChant Law

Drug Possession Attorney in Denver

Below you will find a list of the most common drug related charges along with answers to the most commonly asked questions about drug charges. 

Expert Legal Representation for Drug-Related Charges in Denver

The severity of penalties for drug crimes in Colorado is determined by the type and quantity of drugs involved. Legal charges can vary from misdemeanor offenses, such as possession of drug paraphernalia or marijuana, to more serious felony charges. These felonies include possession of harder drugs, intent to sell and deliver, and drug trafficking. Each category carries distinct legal consequences.

Understanding Your Situation: The Impact of Drug Charges

Drug charges in Colorado cover a broad spectrum, each with distinct legal implications. These charges can range from minor possession to more serious offenses like distribution and manufacturing. While the specifics of the law are complex, it’s important to recognize the potential impact of these charges on one’s life. DeChant Law focuses on understanding the unique aspects of each case, providing informed support and guidance without offering specific legal advice.

Probable Defenses Against Drug Crimes

Facing a drug charge can be one of the most challenging moments of your life. Here at Dechant Law, we understand the confusion, fear, and uncertainty that come with these allegations. It’s not just a legal issue; it’s about your future, your freedom, and your peace of mind. Mr. DeChant is here not only as your legal defender but as your ally in this journey, offering both expert legal advice and compassionate support. Here, you find more than legal expertise; you find a partnership committed to safeguarding your future.
For a conviction in criminal cases, it’s the state’s responsibility to prove the alleged crime’s elements. At DeChant Law, our seasoned drug crime attorney meticulously reviews and contests the state’s evidence and case rationale, providing comprehensive and assertive defense to our clients.

Potential Penalties For Drug Offenses

Colorado has separate felony and misdemeanor classes for drug crimes. These crimes carry less potential punishments than their counterparts. A class four felony carries a presumptive 2 – 6 year prison sentence while a class 4 drug felony carries a presumptive 0.5 – 1 year prison sentence.
For a conviction in criminal cases, it’s the state’s responsibility to prove the alleged crime’s elements. At DeChant Law, our seasoned drug crime attorney meticulously reviews and contests the state’s evidence and case rationale, providing comprehensive and assertive defense to our clients.
Class Presumptive Aggravated Min $ Max $ Parole
DF1 8-32 years 12-32 years $5000 $1,000,000 3 years
DF2 4-8 years 8-16 years $3000 $750,000 2 years
DF3 2-4 years 4-6 years $2000 $500,000 1 year
DF4 6 m-1year 1-2 years $1000 $100,000 1 year
  Min Jail Max Jail      
DM1 6 months 18 months $500 $5000  
DM2 0 364 days $50 $750  

Drug Schedules

Drugs are placed on various drug schedules mainly based on the substance’s potential for abuse and if the substance currently has an accepted medical use in the U.S.
The schedule of the drug and the amount you are alleged to possess determines what type of crime you will be charged with.

Schedule I 18-18-203 C.R.S.

Substances that have a high potential for abuse and have no accepted medical treatment in U.S.
Examples: cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy

Schedule II 18-18-204 C.R.S.

Substances that have a high potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the U.S.
Examples: opium, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine

Schedule III 18-18-205 C.R.S.

Substances that have a potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the U.S.
Examples: anabolic steroids, ketamine, and lysergic acid

Schedule IV 18-18-206 C.R.S.

Substances are those with a low potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the U.S.
Examples: Clonazepam, Xanax, Valium, Zolpidem, Zaleplon

Schedule V 18-18-207 C.R.S.

Substances are those with a low potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the U.S.. Many of these substances are found in other schedules. The difference is a substance in this category is found in a smaller amount.

Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia 18-18–428 C.R.S.

1. A person commits possession of drug paraphernalia if he possesses drug paraphernalia and knows or reasonably should know that the drug paraphernalia could be used under circumstances in violation of the laws of this state.
2. Any person who commits possession of drug paraphernalia commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars. 1. A person commits possession of drug paraphernalia if he possesses drug paraphernalia and knows or reasonably should know that the drug paraphernalia could be used under circumstances in violation of the laws of this state.

Legal Ramifications and Penalties of Drug Charges in Colorado

DeChant recognizes the significant impact that drug charge convictions can have on an individual’s life. The consequences of such convictions vary, depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Generally, they can include fines, probation, community service, and in more serious cases, imprisonment. Beyond legal penalties, a drug conviction can lead to long-lasting effects on employment opportunities, educational prospects, and personal relationships. Understanding these potential outcomes is crucial, and our team is here to provide guidance and support through this complex legal landscape.

Contact DeChant Law for a Free Consultation

If you’re facing drug charges and need legal guidance, DeChant Law is here to help. Reach out to us for a free consultation to discuss your case in detail. We’re committed to providing you with the information and support you need during this challenging time.