Making a Strong Defense for Drug Trafficking in Colorado
Transporting controlled substances with the intent of selling or distributing them for profit is considered drug trafficking, no matter your intentions. Drug trafficking arrests have increased in Colorado since marijuana was legalized in the state in 2012, and as a result, prosecutors are taking the crime very seriously.
Many people arrested for drug trafficking aren’t aware that taking legally-purchased marijuana into another state qualifies as federal drug trafficking and carries much heavier penalties. Using the mail system or a package courier like UPS or FedEx to move drugs across state lines is also considered federal drug trafficking.
Let’s not forget that drug trafficking is also a state crime, and can result in additional fines, significant jail time, the inability to obtain certain licenses, and damage to your reputation. It is not a charge to be taken lightly. Drug trafficking charges are often accompanied by related charges, such as money laundering and racketeering, which will increase the severity of the penalties you face. Your best bet is to call an experienced lawyer right away after being arrested in Grand Junction for any type of drug crime.
Determining the Charges Against You
A number of factors will determine whether a person is charged with misdemeanor or felony drug trafficking and what the penalties will be, including:
- The type of substance being transported. Colorado recognizes five different categories (schedules) of illicit drugs.
- The amount of substance being transported.
- The intent of transporting the substance (whether the drugs were intended for personal use, sale, or large-scale distribution).
- Where the substance is being transported to.
- Whether the person has a history of drug convictions.
- Whether the person is on parole, probation, or incarcerated on a felony offense.
Defense Against Drug Trafficking Charges
If you have been charged with drug trafficking—especially in Mesa County—your freedom is at stake. For this reason, it is vital that you seek the representation of an experienced Colorado drug defense attorney. An attorney familiar with drug charges on the Western Slope will have a number of defense tactics to get your charges reduced or dropped entirely, including:
- Arguing that the drugs in question did not belong to you, and that you had no knowledge that they existed.
- Asserting that the police officer learned about the drugs through illegal means, thus violating your Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure.
- Proving that evidence against you is not admissible in court, because police did not inform you of your rights before questioning or arresting you.
The legal team at the Grand Junction office of Peters & Nolan, LLC, has been successfully defending the rights of people throughout Colorado for nearly two decades. We will use our knowledge of drug crimes and our trial experience to mount the most effective defense possible on your behalf. Call (970) 243-4357 for a free case evaluation.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.