Colorado Springs Cocaine Charges Defense Attorney
Drug crimes of any kind are prosecuted aggressively in the state of Colorado, but especially ones that involve cocaine. In recent years, cocaine has been one of the leading causes of death and hospital admissions.
Cocaine charges can be filed against you even if you don’t have them in your possession. For instance, if you are pulled over, the police search your car, and someone in your car is in possession of cocaine, you will be charged with possession. If you are found to be in possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school or playground, the charges will be immediately increased to a Class 5 felony. Also, if you are in possession of cocaine on federal lands in Colorado (national parks, monuments, etc), you will be prosecuted federally with a certainty of more severe penalties.
Colorado breaks down drugs into groups (also known as ‘schedules’) based on their potency and dependency. The schedules are as follows:
Schedule 1: These drugs have a high risk of dependency and there is no acceptable use, including medicinally. The main schedule 1 drug is heroine.
Schedule 2: Opium and Cocaine are the most popular schedule 2 drugs, and while they still run a high risk of dependency, there are some medical use allowances.
Schedule 3: With a moderate risk of addiction, codeine and steroids fall into a schedule 3 category.
Schedule 4: These substances are widely accepted for medical use and range from clonazepam to sedatives.
Schedule 5: With almost no potential for abuse, over the counter medications make up the majority of this category.
Cocaine falls into a Schedule 2 category and according to Colorado statutes, you’re looking at a Class 4 felony that could result in fines up to $500,000 and up to six years in prison for a mere possession charge.
If arrested and charged, don’t throw dice with your representation. You need an attorney who has a thorough understanding of both state and federal law. We want to be on your team. Contact the law offices of Barker and Tolini to see how we can help. 719-227-0230.