There is a broad spectrum of drug offenses in Colorado ranging from petty offenses with minimal fines to serious felonies requiring lengthy prison sentences. However, even offenses labeled as “minor” can have serious consequences if they remain permanently on an individual's criminal record. The way a person is charged depends on several factors including:
- the types of drugs in his or her possession
- the amount of drugs found on the individual
- whether there were facts insinuating selling / distribution / manufacturing such as scales, baggies, ledgers, etc.
- whether there was a gun on or about the individual
An experienced criminal attorney, like Jayme Moss, knows how to properly evaluate a drug case to determine if there are problems with the State’s case against you including challenging the search and seizure, determining whether you had actual “possession” over the drugs, attacking the search warrant and challenging the chain of custody. Jayme also works to ensure that her client’s charged with “minor” drug offenses are protected from having a permanent criminal record for the offense. Don’t be fooled by misinformation that simply paying a fine for a minor drug charge will make the matter go away quickly and easily. Often times even a conviction for a petty drug offense can have serious consequences such as preventing an individual from gaining employment, attending college and/or graduate school, and being denied housing or bank loans, just to name a few.
If you have been charged with a drug crime or are currently being investigated for suspicion of drug charges, call Jayme Moss before speaking to the police. Jayme is available for a free evaluation of your specific case.