Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Colorado, but doesn’t signal the end of drug-related arrests in our state. More than 93 percent of arrests for the sale or manufacture of drugs involve drugs other than marijuana, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, and more than 56 percent of possession arrests aren’t related to marijuana. If you have been charged with a drug crime, the legal team at Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C. launches your defense with an investigation of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, including an inquiry into whether your constitutional rights were violated by an unlawful search or other misstep by the police.
Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but the new law includes many limits, such as:
So even though marijuana is now “legal,” there are still many ways to break the law. If you are arrested for violating any of the remaining prohibitions, you need an experienced drug crimes lawyer. Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C. has been defending those charged with drug crimes since 1977.
Colorado is developing regulations for the distribution and use of marijuana. It is still a Federal felony to even possess a very small amount of marijuana. Beware though even if the Federal government says it will not prosecute small amounts of marijuana, until Congress makes it legal, it is still a Federal crime.
Colorado has five classifications of controlled substances. They range from Schedule I drugs, which carry the highest penalties, to Schedule V drugs, which carry the lowest. Examples of drugs in each of these schedules are:
Penalties depend on the schedule of drug and whether this is a first offense. Potential sentences for possession include:
Federal crimes can be even more serious and can include the sale of, distribution of or giving away for free prescription drugs such as valium, Oxycodone, Vicodin, etc. Some drug crimes carry a minimum mandatory penalty of as much as ten years to life. Also, it is a Federal crime to smoke or possess marijuana in a drug involved premises such as a clubhouse, fraternity, sorority house or even a home.
The potential sentences for drug trafficking can be as heavy as those for violent crimes. We work hard to get your trafficking charges reduced or dismissed.
At Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C., we understand that the penalties for drug crimes are severe, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you. If you need a lawyer who fights for your rights, call us at 720-588-9384 or contact us by email. We can help you outside normal business hours if needed.