Drug Charges

Police are deceptive and may often resort to illegal tactics to find evidence for drug charges in Weld County. Illegal search and seizure by police in Greeley, Evans and Fort Lupton can account for many drug related arrests and charges. This is in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.  Evidence that a Weld County sheriff collects in this way can be concealed in court. Between Possession, Distribution, and Manufacturing, there are many different way a person can be charged with a drug related crime. Click below to read more about specific drugs and how an experienced drug criminal defense attorney can help:

What are Drug Schedules?

Police accuse and arrest people for drug charges in Weld County involving cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine's or meth. Drugs are classified as Schedule I, II, III, or IV depending on their characteristics.

Schedule I Drugs

Drugs that have no acceptable medical use and could easily be abused are called Schedule I drugs - C.R.S. 18-18-203 - and include heroin, hashish and ecstasy.

Schedule II Drugs

Drugs that have some type of accepted medical use, but still are very addictive are considered Schedule II drugs - C.R.S. 18-18-204. These include cocaine (learn more about cocaine possession in Weld County), OxyContin and methamphetamine.

Schedule III Drugs

Drugs that may contain some of the substances included in Schedule II drugs but are not as addictive or abused are considered Schedule III drugs - C.R.S. 18-18-205.

Sealing Records Regarding Drug Convictions

The 19th Judicial District governs Weld County and allows for the sealing of records or convictions related to drugs in certain circumstances. Employers looking at a background check or criminal history will not see sealed drug convictions; it is in your best interest to get those taken care of as quickly as possible. A mistake in the past does not have to hinder future opportunities.

Prescription Drug Offenses

Prescription drugs can be just as harmful and addictive as more illicit drugs. The law addresses this by criminalizing the possession of prescription drugs when the person does not have a legitimate medicinal need verified by a medical professional. Possession of Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, Valium, Demerol, or Oxycotin without a prescription are penalized according to C.R.S. 18-18-414.

Drug Charges: More than Fighting a Conviction

Fighting drug charges in Weld County may mean more than just fighting a conviction, prison time, or criminal record. If there is a drug addiction, dealing with the psychological effects may be monumental. We handle more than just your case. We will fight the hold of your addiction as well through our network of treatment and rehabilitation centers, who can aid in your recovery and your defense. If a judge sees positive steps in addressing your drug problems, the end result will be much more favorable.

Commonly Charged Drug Offenses

Cocaine Possession

As a Schedule II drug, Cocaine is considered a highly addictive drug and therefore Possession of Cocaine is a drug felony. The drug crime can be charged as a class 6 drug felony or a class 4 drug felony, depending on the amount a person is in possession of.

Marijuana Possession

Because recreational and medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, the option to grow is an appealing and profitable business. If state guidelines are not followed exactly, a legal business could turn into a severe drug charges in Weld County involving Marijuana Cultivation (C.R.S. 18-18-406), Possession or Distribution.

Methamphetamine Possession

Methamphetamine or Crystal Meth is a Schedule II drug and possession of this controlled substance is a felony in Greeley and Weld County. The consequences are even more harsh if charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute.

CHARGED WITH A DRUG CRIME IN GREELEY OR WELD COUNTY?

Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the experienced defense attorneys at the O’Malley Law Office.

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