Colorado Springs Methamphetamine Defense Attorney
Methamphetamine charges is one of the most severely penalized crimes because of its extreme danger and growing popularity. Nearly 20% of all drug treatment admissions are for meth so the courts are willing to hand down harsher sentences in order to reduce this staggering percentage.
Methamphetamine is actually a classification of drug, as opposed to a singular drug. The reason for this is that the combination of over the counter medicine, prescription drugs, and a variety of other substances go into the production of what we know as “meth”.
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.
Methamphetamine is characterized as a Schedule 2 substance. As a result, any charge that involved possession or distribution of meth is prosecuted as a Class 2 felony. Such felonies are punishable by up to eight years in jail and extreme fines. Depending on the area, you could also be looking at federal fines, which are much more stringent that state laws.
The long term ramifications of a methamphetamine conviction are debilitating. You will have a felony criminal record for the rest of your life. Your career options will be very narrow because of your record, and traveling anywhere that requires a visa will be impossible.
You need a competent and experienced methamphetamine defense attorney. We will investigate the actions surrounding the arrest didn’t violate your fourth amendment rights and make a solid attack plan to get the charges reduced and/or dropped. Call us today at 719-227-0230.