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Drug Possession

FORT COLLINS DRUG POSSESSION LAWYER

Drug Possession

Like violent crimes, sex crimes or other types of criminal charges, the penalties associated with illegal possession of drugs can change depending on the circumstances involved. The more of the drug you have on your person when arrested, for example, the greater the possible fines and jail time you could incur.

As a former deputy district attorney for almost nine years, with further experience as a criminal defense attorney, Fort Collins drug possession attorney Leah Bishop has litigated many drug possession cases. She knows the law, the sentencing guidelines, the courtroom procedures and the strategies of this type of criminal defense from both sides. This gives our clients a tremendous edge in their drug possession defense because we have the best plan going into a trial. Attorney Bishop is a tough litigator who will advocate for your freedom if you are facing these charges.

Factors That Can Raise the Stakes in a Drug Possession Case

Some of the factors that influence the seriousness of drug possession charges include:

  • Weight: Greater amounts of an illegal drug will increase your charges and possible penalties dramatically.
  • Aggravating circumstance: Transferring a tremendously high quantity or possessing illegal drugs with a deadly weapon such as a gun could result in much longer incarceration.
  • School zone: To foster the goal of keeping drugs out of the hands of children, Colorado law provides increased fines and jail time for possession of illegal drugs within a designated school zone. Even if you have no intention of selling, simply possessing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school still carries these increased penalties.
  • Prior convictions: Prior criminal convictions can also increase your penalties for a drug possession conviction.

The Colorado Organized Crime Control Act

If there are a group of people involved in possession and distribution of larger quantities of drugs to others, the prosecution might proceed under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. When the police are investigating large drug rings, there are frequent violations of the suspects’ rights through wire tapping and other information gathering techniques. The affidavits alone for cases involving wiretapping are huge documents, and all of the issues around wiretapping are tremendously complicated.

If you are in this situation, you need a lawyer who has the skill and knowledge to handle these issues. With more than 10 years as an attorney, including time as a deputy district attorney and criminal defense lawyer, Leah Bishop has the experience, skill and knowledge you need to mount a powerful defense against drug charges.

Contact a Colorado Drug Distribution Attorney ∙ Free Consultations

Call 970-224-5555 or e-mail the firm for a free consultation.

 

 

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