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Drug Possession and Distribution Charges

October 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Drug Charges

Drug possession and distribution laws are both complex and strict.  Many individual factors like the type of drug and alleged intent to sell or distribute can determine the severity of charge and possible penalties. Colorado drug possession lawyer Nicolas M. Geman has extensive experience helping people charged with drug crimes.

Misdemeanor Drug Charges

Any person who uses any controlled substance, except as dispensed legally, commits a Class 2 Misdemeanor.

Illegal use of a controlled substance could result is a Class 2 Misdemeanor charge.  You may face anywhere from three to 12 months in jail plus a fine of $250 to $1,000, depending on the drug and other particulars.

If you’re charged with possession of a Schedule III, IV or V controlled substance, you may face a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which could entail six to 18 months in prison and a $500 to $5,000 fine.

Felony Drug Charges

You can face felony charges if you’re found in possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug.

Simple possession of more than 4 grams of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, or more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, could result in Class 4 felony charges. Punishment can include two to six years in prison and $2,000 to $500,000 in fines.

Jail time and fines for drug possession and drug distribution charges vary based on a number of circumstances, including the drug schedule class .Distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or possession with the intent to sell the controlled substance can also greatly increase jail time. Penalties become even more severe if you have a prior drug conviction.

If you’re facing controlled substance charges, you need the experienced and aggressive Colorado criminal defense attorney Nicolas M. Geman on your side. Please contact him today for your free case evaluation.

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