Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C.’s Felony Drug Charge Defense
Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. has years of experience providing legal defense to those who find themselves facing felony drug charges in Colorado. We believe all individuals charged with a crime deserve not only a competent but full-throated defense. We offer that. Our firm can navigate the complex and always changing nature of drug possession and distribution charges. At Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C., your needs come first. We also believe compassion is a vital characteristic for any drug felony lawyer to have. Colorado law includes statutes enabling those charged to seek treatment instead of jail time. We can help sift through the charges and make sure you’re taken care of.
Defending Drug Cases in Colorado’s New Marijuana Law
While Colorado recently legalized marijuana, there are some things to keep in mind. First, possession of the drug is only legal over the age of 21 and under 28 grams. More crucially, the drug is still illegal federally. Therefore, any marijuana-related offenses committed while on government property is subject to much harsher federal penalties. We can help if you’ve run afoul of Colorado’s marijuana laws.
We Keep Up with the Changing Nature of Colorado Drug Laws
The Colorado legislature recently overhauled its approach to sentencing for drug crimes. In 2013, the government determined that while the state previously categorized drug-related offenses as felonies, misdemeanors, or petty crimes, they would now be considered to be drug felonies, drug misdemeanors, or petty drug offenses. This allowed judges to set a slightly lesser sentence for these particular crimes compared to other crimes in the same general category. However, these laws change over time. It’s best to consult Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C.’s felony defense attorneys in Denver, CO, regarding the current laws. You’ll certainly need the guidance of a criminal defense attorney if you’ve been charged with a drug crime.
How California Sentences Drug Felonies
Your criminal defense attorney will explain the specific charges against you. Under the new law, there are four levels of drug felonies: DF1, DF2, DF3, and DF4. DF1 is the most severe, and DF4 is the least severe. The specific type of drug felony a person is charged with depends on the type and amount of illegal drug he or she allegedly possessed. Sentencing guidelines for drug felonies in Denver, CO and the rest of the state are as follows:
- DF1: DF1 charges require a mandatory sentence of at least eight years in prison. Sentences can range as long as 32 years, with parole being allowed as soon as three years into the sentence. They also carry fines of $5,000 to $1,000,000.
- DF2: Charges do not include a mandatory sentence, but include “aggravated” sentencing guidelines. Sentencing for DF2 charges ranges from 4 to 16 years. Convicted clients can seek parole after two years. Fines range from $3,000 to $750,000.
- DF3: DF3 charges carry penalties ranging from two to four years, with aggravated cases ranging from four to six years. They’re parole-eligible after one year and carry fines of $2,000 to $500,000.
- DF4: DF4 felonies are the least severe of California drug felonies, but they should still be taken seriously. Jail time ranges from six months to one year, and one to two years in aggravated cases. You’ll be able to apply for parole in one year, but will be expected to pay a fine of $1,000 to $100,000.
We Know How to Deal With Aggravating Circumstances
Hiring a felony defense attorney is your best chance of obtaining an acquittal. We know how to navigate various circumstances, as most cases contain them. For instance, aggravating circumstances increase jail time and include being on parole, probation, or on bond for another felony while charged with the current offense. It is critical to have a capable defense attorney on your side because we can mitigate these circumstances and advocate for the lightest sentence possible.
Contact Our Attorneys: We Counteract Prosecutor Strategies
Not only is Colorado drug law complicated, but there are also a variety of factors contributing to whether you are charged with a DF1 or DF4 felony. For instance, the quantity of drugs plays a role. So does whether they were for personal use, sale, or large-scale distribution. Habitual offenders are at risk for stiffer penalties, and the scheduled drug is a contributing factor. One of the ways Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. helps is by picking apart the prosecution’s case regarding these factors. Contact Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. today to get started on your defense.