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Grand Junction Cocaine Defense Attorneys

Representing Those Charged with Cocaine-Related Crimes

Being arrested for any crime is a traumatic experience. Having the cuffs slapped on to your wrists and being shoved into a cop car would be enough to scare anyone. But if the charges you are facing are cocaine-related, then chances are you’re feeling a little more than scared. You could face decades in prison and owe hundreds of thousands in fees if you are convicted. Thankfully, you don’t have to face the prosecution alone.

At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our Grand Junction drug crime defense lawyers have worked tirelessly for years to provide a strong legal defense for those who are charged with drug crimes on the Western Slope. We understand how nerve-wracking the criminal justice system can be, but we are here to offer the best legal defense in Colorado. While you have the right to a public defender, we know we can offer better help. If you or a loved one have been charged with a cocaine drug crime, call our firm at (970) 243-4357. The prosecution is already working on their case, so you should begin working on yours as well.

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Drug Classifications

When the federal government declared war on drugs in the 1970s, part of its new mission included classifying controlled substances into different categories. A controlled substance is a drug that has the chance of becoming addictive and eventually abused. As such, the government tightly controls the distribution of controlled substances.

However, not all drugs on the list are as addictive or dangerous as others, and so they are usually sorted into different “Schedules.” The schedules go from five to one, with five being the least dangerous and one being the most. In Colorado, Cocaine is considered a Schedule II drug. This means that it is considered to be highly addictive but may still have some medicinal use. As a Schedule II drug, the state is very strict on those convicted of cocaine-related drug crimes.

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The Penalties of Cocaine Crimes

The penalties you may face after conviction will depend on what crime you are convicted of. You can be charged with several different cocaine-related crimes, such as unlawful use, simple possession, possession with the intent to sell, and distribution.

If you are convicted of unlawful use of cocaine, your punishment may include:

  • Probation for up to 1 year
  • Up to 120 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $500

However, if it is your first offense, you may instead be made to complete a drug treatment program, rather than probation or jail time. If you do not complete the program, then you may end up facing a jail sentence anyway. Furthermore, if it is your third or higher offense, then you may actually face 180 days in jail, instead of 120.

For a conviction of possession, you will likely face:

  • Between 6 and 12 months in prison
  • 1 year of parole following your prison sentence
  • A fine of up to $1,000-$100,000

Similar to unlawful use, you may be eligible for the completion of a drug treatment program rather than a prison sentence. However, unlike with unlawful use, simple possession is considered a felony charge in Colorado. Thankfully, if you are given the opportunity to complete a drug treatment program, then your charges will likely be dropped to a misdemeanor, which will allow you much more freedom once your sentence is over.

Following a conviction of possession with intent to sell or a conviction of cocaine distribution, your punishment will depend on the amount that you allegedly sold or attempted to sell.

If you sold 14 grams or less, then your punishment may be:

  • Between two to four years in prison
  • One year of mandatory parole following your prison sentence
  • A fine of up to $2,000-$500,000

If you sold more than 14 grams but less than 225 grams, then you could be facing:

  • Between 8-12 years in prison
  • Three years of mandatory parole following your prison sentence
  • A fine of up to $5,000-$1,000,000

If you sold more than 225 grams, or you sold any amount to a minor, then you will likely be penalized with:

  • Between 8-32 years in prison
  • Three years of mandatory parole following your prison sentence
  • A fine of up to $5,000-$1,000,000

Selling, or intending to sell, cocaine in Colorado is a felony offense. This means that what ever your initial sentence, you will be facing consequences long after you are released from prison. There are many rights that you lose as a felon in Colorado. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Voting
  • Owning a firearm
  • Being employed by the government
  • International travel
  • Parenting or visiting your child

Being a felon can indeed impact your ability to see your own children. Your custody will likely be revoked, and you may not even be granted visitation. That is a hard blow to any parent, as we all want to be part of our children’s lives. That is why hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court is key when it comes to cocaine-related charges.

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Defending You in Court

Finding the right defense for your case is no easy matter. It will require a thorough investigation into your case and the facts around your arrest. We at Peters & Nolan, LLC have years of experience fighting for our clients in court. When it comes to cocaine charges, there are a few defenses that we commonly employ, including:

  • You were in possession of the cocaine, but you were unaware of what it was
  • The cocaine was not yours and you had no control over it
  • The drug tests were unreliable
  • The police performed an illegal search and violated your constitutional rights
  • The police performed misconduct, such as failing to read you your Miranda rights

If you work with Peters & Nolan, LLC, we can help determine the best defense for your particular charges. An arrest does not equal a conviction, and you should exercise your right to a phone call by contacting us as soon as possible.

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Call Peters & Nolan, LLC for Skilled Help

Being convicted of a cocaine-related drug crime can turn your life upside down. You may have your basic rights stripped of you. You may be separated from your children for decades. You may lose the good reputation you worked so hard to build. That is why working with a skilled criminal defense attorney is so important. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our team has decades of experience defending those charged with drug crimes. Our Grand Junction criminal defense attorneys know the ins and outs of criminal justice courts in Colorado, and we are not afraid to go head to head with prosecution for you. For a bold and experienced defense, call our firm at (970) 243-4357.

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Case Results

  • Charges: Possession of cocaine
    Result: Dismissed prior to trial
  • Charges: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana
    Result: Dismissed

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∗ Not all criminal cases are the same. These results are from actual cases handled by the attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC. This is not a representation, guarantee or promise as to the results or outcome of your particular matter.

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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.

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