Colorado Springs Drug Crime Lawyer Helping Defending You Against Drug Charges
Drug-related charges are some of the most common criminal charges in the United States. If you find yourself charged with a crime involving controlled substances, you are probably worried about being convicted and possibly facing jail time, fines, problems with your job and your relationships, damage to your reputation, or other consequences of having a criminal record. Figuring out how to defend yourself successfully can be impossible without the help of an experienced and knowledgeable drug crimes attorney.
At The Lux Law Firm, PLLC, our accomplished criminal defense attorneys in Colorado Springs have handled hundreds of drug crime cases, and we will bring all of our skills and experience to your case to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We are here to help. Call our Colorado Springs office for a free case evaluation today at 719-496-2177.
What Are the Most Common Kinds of Drug Crime Charges in Colorado?
The most common drug crime charges in Colorado are possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, drug manufacturing or cultivation, and prescription fraud. Whether these crimes are charged as misdemeanors or felonies depends on a number of factors, including the type and amount of drugs involved, the defendant’s history of drug use, their criminal record, and the intended use of the drugs for personal use or for distribution, among other factors.
Being charged with a small amount of a less harmful drug that is solely for your personal use is one of the least serious drug crimes you can be charged with, and yet there may still be stiff penalties, depending on the other details of your case. The best move you can make if you are charged with any level of drug crime is to enlist the help of a skilled criminal defense lawyer with a track record of success.
Colorado classifies controlled substances on a schedule based on each drug’s possible legitimate medical uses, if any, and its potential for abuse.
- Schedule I drugs have no accepted medical use, have a high potential for dependency and abuse, and include drugs like heroin and LSD.
- Schedule II drugs have accepted medical uses but have a high potential for dependency and abuse, such as Ritalin, opium, and cocaine.
- Schedule III drugs have accepted medical uses, and are less likely candidates for dependency or abuse, like steroids, codeine, and some antidepressants.
- Schedule IV drugs have widely accepted medical uses and low potential for abuse, such as Ambien or Valium.
- Schedule V drugs have accepted medical uses, have the lowest potential for abuse, and include medicines with small amounts of codeine.
What are the Potential Penalties For Drug Crimes?
Even though there have been recent changes in Colorado drug laws that have reduced penalties in some cases, in other cases, penalties can still be severe. For a first-time misdemeanor drug crime conviction, you are likely to benefit from the fact that Colorado drug laws favor rehabilitation over incarceration. If you are convicted of a controlled substance felony, however, or if you have been convicted multiple times, you may have to serve time in jail, pay hefty fines, and carry a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. The lightest penalties for Colorado felony drug charges can possibly be as little as six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
However, the most serious Colorado drug felony convictions might result in a sentence of up to 32 years in prison and up to $1,000,000 in fines. Don’t risk your freedom, your finances, and your future—drug crime attorneys at The Lux Law Firm stand ready to start building a defense for your drug crime case. Our drug crime lawyers will use the knowledge they have gained from years in the courtroom to help you defend yourself against drug crime charges and get the best possible outcome for your drug crime case. Call us today at 719-496-2177.
What Should I Do if I’m Arrested for a Drug Crime?
It can be hard to keep your wits about you under extreme stress, but there are some steps you can take to preserve your legal options if you are arrested and charged with a drug crime. First, you should cooperate with the police but do so without volunteering any information other than your identification. You should request an attorney and keep as quiet as possible until you have a chance to speak to one. This includes not talking about your charges with anyone in your jail cell or on social media. If you are given bail, respect the terms. Anything you say can be used against you in court, so it is best to speak with your criminal defense lawyer before talking at all about your case. If you take these steps, you will help your drug crime attorney in offering you the best possible options available in your case.
Why is The Lux Law Firm The Law Office to Call?
The principal criminal defense attorney at The Lux Law Firm, Austin Lux, previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney prosecuting criminal cases before turning his focus to criminal defense. His months and years in the criminal courts gave him rare insight into the thinking and practices of prosecuting attorneys and judges, and he brings all of this insight to every criminal defense case he takes.
You need a criminal defense attorney who can level the playing field for you and get you the best outcome possible. The Lux Law Firm has a track record of success, and we are here to help you understand your rights and protect your future. Call us today at 719-496-2177.