Colorado Springs Drug Distribution Attorney
Being accused of a drug-related crime is stressful and frightening—and understandably so. Drug possession and distribution are serious charges. That’s why you need an experienced, knowledgeable advocate at your side. Anaya McKedy Criminal Law Firm can be that advocate.
We understand not only how difficult this situation is for everyone involved, but also the intricacies of Colorado drug laws. We’ll utilize both to ensure you understand what you’re up against and ensure that you receive an ideal outcome in your case.
Drug Distribution Charges
The most common drug crimes leading to prosecution are possession and possession with the intent to distribute.
What’s the difference between possession and possession with intent to distribute?
There is no way, forgoing actual evidence of you stating said intent, for law enforcement to prove your intent when found in possession of illegal drugs. As a result, intent is often subjective and based on:
-the substance involved
-the amount of that substance
If the substance found was considered illicit, in qualities unusual for personal use, and/or there was equipment or packaging for distribution found with the substance (scales, bags, etc.), a possession with intent to distribute charge is more likely.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the severity of a drug distribution charge is to argue intent—a tactic that requires a knowledgeable and skilled attorney. At Anaya McKedy we handle drug distribution cases frequently and won’t let you suffer from manipulation or intimidation tactics that paint your crime more severe than it was.
Drug Distribution Penalties
Should your distribution charge stick, the penalties involved also depend on the circumstances, mostly the quantity of the drug involved. Note that none of the following charges apply to marijuana in the state of Colorado. Marijuana charges often only occur if there is an attempt to distribute in other states, and the penalties differ from those below.
Class 1 Drug Misdemeanor:
This is the lowest possible charge for drug distribution and includes possession with intent to distribute a schedule V drug or the transference of 4g or less of a schedule III or IV drug without payment. You may face 6 to 18 months in jail with a $500 to $5,000 fine.
Class 3 Felony:
The possession with intent to distribute up to 14g of a schedule I or II drug, up to 7g of methamphetamine, heroin, katamine, or cathinones, up to 10g of flunitrazepam, or over 4g of a schedule III or IV drug is a class 3 felony. This carries a 2- to 6-year sentence with $2,000 to $500,000 in fines.
Class 2 Felony:
More than 14, but less than 225g of a schedule I or II drug, 7 to 112g of methamphetamine, heroin, katamine, or cathinones, or 10 to 50g flunitrazepam carries a 4- to 16-year sentence with $3,000 to $750,000 in fines as a class 2 felony.
Class 1 Felony:
Anything over the limits given in a class 2 Felony is considered class 1 as is any distribution to a minor. A class 1 felony carries an 8- to 32-year sentence with $5,000 to $1 million in fines.
Contact Anaya McKedy Today
As you can see, drug distribution charges aren’t to be taken lightly. They carry steep penalties, but with the right defense can be fought. The sooner you retain legal counsel, the less likely it is that the prosecution will be able to prove their case against you. We’ll help you understand your rights, as well as the best strategies to avoid conviction. Contact us today for a consultation!