Crack Cocaine Possession

Crack Cocaine Possession Colorado Attorney

Crack cocaine (crack) in Colorado is a derivative of cocaine and is typically produced by a process of removing potent parts of cocaine. When acquired on the street, crack cocaine has typically been diluted with an additive that gives it a different appearance depending on the additive. If charged with an offense involving crack cocaine, it is essential that you consult an experienced and full-time Denver criminal defense lawyer.

In the past, the Colorado sentencing structure for crack cocaine was very strict with mandatory prison time. This was done to reflect the highly potent nature of crack cocaine. Today, crack and cocaine are charged similarly in Douglas and Arapahoe counties. Both are considered Schedule II drugs, indicating there is legitimate medical use, but a high potential for abuse, and with abuse, there is a strong likelihood or a person to develop a physical and psychological dependence.

Crack cocaine is an addictive substance that is illegal, if a person is caught in possession of crack, he or she may be convicted of a felony. Depending on the amount of the substance, either a Class 6 or Class 4 felony results. C.R.S. 18-18-403.5.

  • Class 6 felony for possession under 4 grams
  • Class 4 felony for possession over 4 grams

A conviction relating to drug possession in Denver may seriously hurt a person's future opportunities in employment and housing. A drug-related conviction may automatically disqualify a person from federally assisted loans and grants. An employer who does any sort of background investigation will request information pertaining to felony convictions. Additional limitations may prevent a person from pursuing a career in a medical-related field. The bottom line is that crack cocaine can do more than hurt your physical body — it can ruin future opportunities.

Penalties for Distribution, Sale or Manufacturing of Crack Are More Strict

If you are charged with an offense involving the distribution, sale or manufacture of crack cocaine in Colorado, you need to be aware of the heightened penalties you'll face. It is a Class 3 felony to make a drug or to be involved in the distribution process. C.R.S. 18-18-405. In most instances, there are mandatory prison sentences for drug manufacturers and distributors. Police in both Jefferson and Adams counties will search your residence for common indicators of drug processing, including chemicals and heating instruments. They will look for indicators of distribution like baggies, scales and tools. Each of these will be evidence that a person was involved in the manufacturing, sale or distribution of crack cocaine. Contact the O'Malley Law Office today to speak with a full-time criminal lawyer in Denver, Arapahoe, Weld or any other Colorado county. Our criminal attorneys are familiar with the complicated sentences associated with crack cocaine and can minimize the likelihood you will be forced to spend time in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

We are criminal defense lawyers who have been protecting our clients from crack cocaine-related charges for over 18 years in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and every other Colorado county. If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police regarding crack cocaine possession, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and contact O'Malley Law Office, P.C., at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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