Denver Drug Crime Attorneys
Defense Solutions for Colorado Residents
In the state of Colorado, drug offenses are taken quite seriously and prosecuted heavily. The possible consequences for a conviction of significant drug offenses could be life-altering.
Have you been accused of or arrested for a drug crime? Even if you are simply under investigation and are concerned about what will happen, you will need to speak with a Denver criminal defense lawyer right away. At The Orr Law Firm, we represent clients who have been charged with drug crimes throughout the state of Colorado.
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Common Types of Drug Crimes in Colorado
With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, prosecutors have seen an uptick in pot-related crimes, including DUID charges. In addition, our firm deals with a wide range of different drug crimes involving cocaine, crack, heroin, PCP, LSD, mushrooms, illegal prescription drugs, and others.
We have the experience and in-depth knowledge representing criminal cases and are very familiar with the penalties that are often associated with these crimes. You can rely on our Denver drug crime lawyers to provide you with the aggressive representation you need on your side.
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Common Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes
Have you or someone you know been arrested for a drug-related crime? At the Orr Law Firm, we understand how frightening it can be to face charges for possession, manufacturing, or distributing drugs, which is why we are committed to helping clients throughout Colorado defend their rights. Below are some of the common defense strategies attorneys use when their clients have been arrested for drug crimes.
Illegal Search & Seizure
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution establishes that all search and seizure procedures must be lawfully carried out if a suspect is to be taken into custody. Using an illegal search and seizure defense requires you to prove the arresting officer failed to follow protocol procedures when you were detained. A police officer cannot search your trunk or glove box without a warrant or your expressed consent. The exception to this is if the illegal drugs or paraphernalia are out in plain sight. When this occurs, law enforcement can search your vehicle and seize evidence. However, if the officer forces their way into the vehicle to search the trunk or glove box, then any evidence they collect will not be admissible as evidence in court.
Your Vehicle Was Illegally Stopped
If the police didn’t have a valid reason to stop your vehicle, then your arrest might be considered unconstitutional. The same applies to if you stopped while walking down the street. Ask your criminal defense attorney if police had a constitutional reason to stop or arrest you.
The Drugs Aren’t Yours
This particular defense is commonly used in drug crimes cases. Essentially, just because the drugs were present, does not necessarily mean they belong to you. If police find cocaine in your truck, and there are 3 passengers in the vehicle, who is to say the drugs don’t belong to one of them? Because the prosecution must prove beyond a responsible doubt that the drugs belonged to you, this can sometimes be a solid defense strategy.
The Alleged Drugs Can’t Be Located
Often in drug crime cases, the alleged controlled substances is seized and then passed through a chain of command before ending up in an evidence locker. Sometimes there are various reasons the drugs go missing. When the prosecution can’t present the illegal drugs as physical evidence, then your case might be dismissed. Although drugs were present at the time of the arrest, don’t assume that the drugs will still exist when you go to court.
The Drugs Were Planted on You
Although this defense isn’t used too often because the personal testimony of a police officer holds a lot of weight in the eyes of a judge, if you are able to get court approval, you might be allowed to file a motion and formal complaint about the specific officer who planted drugs on you.
Entrapment in Drug Cases
In some cases, police will conduct a sting operation where they use an informant to encourage a suspect to sell or give illegal drugs to a third party. In these types of cases, some of the actions carried out by law enforcement and their informant can be considered entrapment.
Consequences You Could Be Facing for Drug Charges
The exact penalties you could face depend on the type and amount of drug(s) in question and the offense which was allegedly committed. The consequences range from a short time in jail and a fine to time in prison, substantial fees, community service, mandatory counseling, parole, and more.
The Orr Law Firm’s Denver drug crime attorneys are here to support you throughout this difficult time and ensure that your rights are not violated.