Not too long ago, drug charges were less complicated in the eyes of defendants because most drugs were 100% illegal. Now, with so many states legalizing recreational cannabis, including Colorado, the laws seem confusing to those arrested for drug offenses.
Although the state has relaxed its stance regarding controlled substances, we feel you should understand how the state handles drug charges as of 2020. This serves an important purpose as it lets you know how to respond if you face an arrest on drug charges.
According to the Colorado General Assembly website, many schedule I and II drugs are no longer felonies in some instances. We have provided a brief outline below with examples.
- Possessing less than four grams of a schedule I drug such as LSD or heroin is now a misdemeanor offense.
- Possessing less than four grams of a schedule II drug such as opium or methamphetamine is also now a misdemeanor.
- Possible penalties for a conviction of schedule I and II drug misdemeanors include up to 180 days in jail or two years of probation instead of a harsher sentence
With a felony conviction (for a first offense) off the table, defendants have a better chance of overcoming the hardships associated with a conviction. In other words, you will be less likely to have trouble finding housing or a job when you only have a misdemeanor conviction on your record.
Despite this relaxed approach to drug charges, it is still important to protect yourself after an arrest. Skilled legal counsel can protect your rights and, although there is no guarantee, may be able to help you avoid a conviction altogether. When you work cooperatively with an attorney, your chances of acquiring a favorable outcome increase significantly.