Grand Junction Drug Trafficking Attorneys
Here’s What You Need to Know About Trafficking Charges in Colorado
There is a vigorous debate currently taking place over our nation’s drug laws. Colorado is at the forefront of this effort with the legalization of recreational cannabis. Because of this, you may believe Colorado is more lenient when it comes to drug enforcement.
You’d be mistaken.
Our state still expends a great deal of money and effort litigating drug crimes. Most people are shocked to find out that a small amount of certain controlled substances is enough to be arrested for not just possession, but drug trafficking as well.
If you or a loved one has been arrested on drug trafficking charges, the experienced trial attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, may be able to help. Call (970) 243-4357 today to find out how.
What Constitutes Drug Trafficking in Colorado?
When people think of drug trafficking, they picture dangerous cartels or gangs responsible for selling hundreds of pounds of cocaine or heroin. But the threshold for being charged with trafficking a controlled substance is shockingly low. And in areas known for drug activity, such as Mesa County, law enforcement will be much more likely to assume that anyone caught possessing drugs had an intent to sell.
In general, drug trafficking is the act of moving or distributing large amounts of a controlled substance. But how is trafficking defined in Colorado? There is no actual mention of the word "trafficking" in the law, but it forbids a person from knowingly manufacturing, dispensing, selling, or distributing a controlled substance, or possessing a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, dispense, sell, or distribute it.
The reality is that even a small amount of a drug can be enough to lead to an intent to sell charge. For instance, possessing 14 grams (half an ounce) of cocaine or LSD (or most other Schedule I or II drugs) is enough to be charged with intent to sell - a Level 2 felony (DF2). When it comes to methamphetamine or heroin, the threshold is only 7 grams (less than a quarter of an ounce).
It should also be noted that the transfer of any amount of one of these drugs to a minor is enough to be charged with a Level 1 drug felony (DF1) – the toughest charge possible.
Can You Be Arrested for Trafficking Cannabis in Colorado?
Just because recreational cannabis is legal doesn’t mean that it isn’t heavily regulated. Possession of 4 ounces or more of cannabis is enough to trigger a charge of Sale, Distribution, or Possession with Intent to Sell Marijuana. This would be a Level 4 felony (DF4), which carries the potential for significant jail time and a hefty fine.
While recreational cannabis is legal in Colorado, it is still listed as a Schedule I drug by the federal government. As far as the United States is concerned, there is no medical benefit to cannabis and it carries with it a serious risk of abuse or addiction. If you’re caught on the border with cannabis, you could be charged in federal court for something that is perfectly legal in Colorado.
Being convicted of a drug crime can have a lasting impact on both your professional and personal reputation. That’s why it’s essential to mount an aggressive and credible defense as quickly as possible. The legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, has experience when it comes to protecting people. We believe everyone has the right to a fair trial and we do our utmost to ensure positive outcomes for all our clients. We have handled hundreds of serious drug cases successfully.
Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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.