Drug Trafficking Charges in Colorado Can Trigger Harsh Prison Sentences
Drug trafficking is the general term people often use when talking about getting caught with a large amount of drugs.
Colorado does not use the term drug trafficking in that way. But that doesn’t mean the state tolerates possessing a large quantity of drugs.
Colorado law is tough on people who have a large amount of illegal drugs.
Anyone convicted because they had a lot of narcotics on them faces long prison sentences and a ton of other legal problems.
If you are in this situation, you need help fast. Former prosecutor Austin Lux has helped numerous clients just like you.
What Is Drug Trafficking?
Colorado law arranges drug offenses based on the level of severity.
Therefore, you need to know the level of offense you face when asking about how much jail time for drug possession you could get.
We are talking about Schedule I and Schedule II drugs like heroin, morphine, cocaine, crystal meth, fentanyl, crack, and other street drugs when discussing drug trafficking.
Colorado has specific laws relating to marijuana even though marijuana appears in schedule I.
At the outset, Colorado law prohibits possessing, manufacturing, selling, distributing, possessing with the intent to sell, distribute, or manufacture all hard drugs.
Conspiring with another to commit any of these crimes also falls under this law. Also, possessing any chemicals, supplies, or equipment that you can use to make drugs is also illegal.
|Drug Trafficking Charge||Sentence||Fine|
|Level 1 – having any drug weighing 225g or more of schedule I or II drug||8 – 32 years|
And 3 years parole
|Up to $1 million|
|Level 2 – having between 14g and 225g of a schedule I or II drug||4 – 8 years|
And 2 years parole
|Up to 750,000|
|Level 3 – having no more than 14g of schedule I or II drug||2 – 4 years|
And 2 year parole
|Up to $500,000|
|Level 4 – having less than 4g of a schedule III or IV drug||6 months – 1 year||Up to $100,000|
Level 1 Drug Felony
You face between eight and thirty-two years in prison for a Level 1 Drug Felony. You must serve at least eight years because it’s a minimum-mandatory sentence. You will also be on parole for three years. You can also get a fine of up to $1 million.
A Level 1 Drug Felony consists of having any compound, preparation, mixture, or material that weighs more than 225 grams of a schedule I or II drugs.
However, if you have heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, or cathinones weighing 122 grams, you face a Level 1 Drug Felony.
You could also face a Level 1 Drug Felony for possessing a substance that has 50 milligrams of flunitrazepam.
Level 2 Drug Felony
A judge sentencing a person convicted of a charge other than a Level 1 Drug Felony can give a suspended sentence instead of jail or prison if the person qualifies for probation.
Otherwise, a prison sentence for a Level 2 Drug Felony can run from four to eight years. But, an aggravated Level 2 Drug Felony conviction could land you in prison for eight to 16 years.
You could be on parole for up to 2 years and have to pay a fine of up to $750,000.
You could have a Level 2 Drug Felony charge for having between 14 and 225 grams of a schedule I or II drugs.
However, possessing seven to 112 grams of heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, or cathinones is a Level 2 Drug Felony as well.
Also, you could have a Level 2 Drug Felony charge if you have a compound containing between 10 and 50 milligrams of flunitrazepam.
Level 3 Drug Felony
A conviction for a Level 3 drug felony could put you in jail for two to four years. But, a conviction for an aggravated Level 3 Drug Felony carries between four and six years.
You will be on parole for one year after your release. You might have to pay a fine of up to $500,000 as well.
You could face a Level 3 Drug Felony charge for having no more than 14 grams of schedule I or II drugs.
You could have a Level 3 Drug Felony charge for having no more than seven grams of heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, or cathinones.
The charge applies to having a substance weighing 10 grams containing flunitrazepam. The charge also applies to having more than four grams of a schedule III or IV drug.
Level 4 Drug Felony
A conviction for a Level 4 Drug Felony carries a possible jail sentence from six months to one year unless you’re convicted of an aggravated Level 4 Drug Felony.
In that case, you could spend between one and two years in prison followed by one year of parole time. You could also have to pay up to $100,000 in fines.
A Level 4 Drug Felony applies to having less than four grams of a schedule III or IV drug.
You could face a Level 4 Drug Felony if you have less than four grams of a schedule I or II substance or no more than two grams of methamphetamine, heroin, ketamine, or cathinones and share the substance with others for no money.
Get the Help You Need for Your Colorado Drug Trafficking Charges
New clients always want to know how much jail time for drug possession they could get. Worrying about losing your freedom is natural.
That’s why I take the time to explain the charges, your possible defenses, and how we can work together to get you the best result possible for your case. I’m with you every step of the way.
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