While any criminal charge is a big deal, law enforcement considers some crimes more serious than others. One such crime is drug charges. A conviction for drug possession or distribution can have a long-term effect on your life. You can lose your right to own a weapon, work in some industries and even receive student loans. And if you are charged with a felony, you might face years in prison.
If you have been charged with a drug offense, you most likely want to know what will become of your fate. Unfortunately, there is never a straightforward answer to this concern at the beginning of a criminal case. That said, it is important to note that certain factors can determine the outcome of your case. Here are some of them:
Why you were in possession of the drugs
If you were arrested in possession of drugs for your personal use, you may be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if you were arrested with drugs with the intent of distributing or selling, you could face a felony charge. And if you are arrested with a large quantity of drugs, you are likely to be charged with the most serious offense: drug trafficking.
Sometimes, the prosecution may charge you with a felony rather than a misdemeanor if it is established that the offense involved one or more aggravating factors or circumstances. The decision to charge you with a felony may reflect the prosecution’s assertion that the crime was potentially harmful, such as if you are accused of selling drugs around children. Some further aggravating factors may include repeat offenses selling drugs near a drug rehabilitation facility.
The penalties for drug possession charges in Colorado can be severe, and having a conviction on your record can impact your life in various ways. Understanding what to expect from your charges can help you better develop a defense strategy for your case.