Arrested for Drug Possession in Colorado Springs?
About Possession Charges
In the state of Colorado, possession of an illegal or controlled substance
can be charged as a
drug crime. The offense is taken very seriously, and whether a law enforcement officer
found you in ownership of an illegal substance or simply holding an illegal
substance, they are at liberty to make an arrest on charges of a drug
offense. In essence, any amount of a controlled substance that is found
in your possession or on your person can – and very likely will
– be cause for police intervention.
If you were arrested and charged with drug possession in the state of Colorado,
it is critical to your future wellbeing that you immediately align with
a criminal defense attorney at
Clawson & Clawson, LLP. After an arrest, you will be facing the legal stipulations imposed by
both state and federal laws, making your need for an aggressive lawyer
all the more crucial at this time. With an attorney on your side, the
circumstances of the arrest can be challenged; specifically, the schedule
of the drug in your possession and the degree of the offense must be addressed
and defended against in court.
DEA Drug Schedules
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies drugs
into five different categories that are now commonly referred to as "schedules."
The schedule in which a drug is categorized is the primary factor used
to determine the severity of a drug-related offense, and this includes
crimes related to possession charges. As defined by the DEA, the drug
schedules are as follows:
Drugs that fall under this category are considered to be the most dangerous
of all controlled substances due to their potential to cause intense physical
and / or psychological dependence. Some of the drugs that fall under this
category are LSD, ecstasy, heroin, peyote, and
Drugs that fall under this category are believed to have a high potential
for abuse; however, they display less potential than Schedule I drugs.
Schedule II drugs can also result in severe physical and / or psychological
dependence. Some of the drugs that fall under this category are OxyContin,
cocaine, Adderall, Ritalin, methamphetamine, Dexedrine, and fentanyl.
Drugs that fall under this category exhibit a moderate to low potential
for physical and / or psychological dependence. Some of the drugs that
fall under this category are Tylenol with codeine (less than 90 mg per
dose), anabolic steroids, Vicodin (combination products with less than
15 mg of hydrocodone per dose), and ketamine.
Drugs that fall under this category have been identified as substances
that have a low potential for abuse, as well as a low risk of dependence
among users. Some of the drugs that fall under this category are Ambien,
Xanax, Darvocet, Soma, Darvon, Activan, and Talwin.
Drugs that fall under this category are defined as having the lowest potential
for abuse. Drug preparations that fall into this category contain only
limited quantities of certain narcotics and are generally used as an antitussive,
antidiarrheal, and analgesic medications. Some drugs that fall under this
category are Lyrica, Robitussin (with less than 200 mg of codeine per
100 ml), Parepectolin, Lomotil, and Motofen.
Avoiding Penalties for Possession in Colorado Springs
In 1986, federal lawmakers enacted guidelines that outlined the minimum
sentencing requirements for drug offenses in the U.S. Now, fixed sentences
are issued based upon several different factors, including the type of
drug, the amount of the drug, and the number of prior convictions of the
defendant who was arrested. Penalties for a simple possession offense
can result in fines ranging from $100 all the way to thousands of dollars;
from a few days in jail to several years in the state prison system. The
penalties for more serious offenses can be much harsher.
No matter what type of drug was found in your possession, and no matter
the amount found in your possession, there is absolutely no argument for
waiving your right to legal representation after an arrest. In fact, doing
so could severely jeopardize your ability to escape conviction or benefit
from reduced sentencing. Don't wait to
contact our office to benefit from the legal representation of a team of legal professionals
whose combined experience equals nearly a century of representation. Call
today for more information.