Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, is a highly addictive drug that is illegal everywhere in the United States. Being arrested for possessing, using, or selling meth can lead to serious felony charges that can result in jail time, fines, and can ruin your career, your finances, and your relationships. The penalties for drug crimes involving meth can be life-changing. To get the best outcome to your case involving meth charges, you need a good criminal defense attorney on your side.
The skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys at our law firm focus our legal practice on defending those who have been charged with crimes. We can help. Call our Colorado Springs office today at 719-496-2177 for a free consultation to get information on how we can build a solid defense for you.
How is Meth Classified?
All drugs are classified on what is called a “schedule” in Colorado. The drug schedule goes from Schedule 1 drugs, which are considered the most harmful and have no accepted medical use, to Schedule 5 drugs which have the lowest potential for harm and have many accepted medical uses. Schedule 1 drugs carry the harshest penalties, and Schedule 5 drugs carry the lightest penalties. Meth is a Schedule 2 drug, which puts it in the category of drugs with a limited number of accepted medical uses and a high likelihood of abuse. Therefore, Meth charges can result in harsh penalties for possession, use, or distribution, depending on the details of your case.
What are the Possible Penalties for Meth Conviction in Colorado?
Colorado drug laws recently changed to make possession of small amounts of even Schedule 1 drug misdemeanors, rather than felonies. Therefore, a first-time offender in possession of fewer than 4 grams of meth will most likely be out into a drug diversion program and not given jail time or a fine. Other possible penalties could include little as 2 years of probation or 180 days in jail or as much as 18 months in county jail, and fines ranging from zero to $1000. For repeat offenders, the penalties increase. If you are in possession of more than 4 grams of meth or are accused of distribution of meth, you will be charged with a felony and face possible penalties of 2-32 years in prison and $2000-$1million in fines, depending on the specific details of your case.
Why is a Criminal Defense Lawyer the Right Choice For My Defense?
Here at our law firm, we focus all of our resources and knowledge on helping those accused of crimes. When you are facing criminal charges and possible life-altering penalties, you don’t want a lawyer who occasionally dabbles in criminal defense while pursuing other areas of the law. You want a criminal defense attorney who knows the criminal justice system inside and out and can use their experience and skill to get you the best outcome for your meth charges. Reach out to our law firm today by calling 719-496-2177 for a free consultation to learn more about your options. We are here to help.