In 2012, Colorado implemented Amendment 64, which allowed for the legalization of recreational marijuana. This has caused many people inside and outside our state to assume that law enforcement here no longer pays much attention to drugs. It caused many to think that you can pretty much do whatever you want in Colorado.
As a seasoned Denver drug crimes attorney, Jacob E. Martinez would be the first to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, recreational marijuana has been legalized. But you can still face all kinds of drug charges, and almost all of them come with the possibility of jail time, high fines, and more. Even something as simple as getting an apartment, landing a job interview, or securing a loan may become incredibly difficult because of the criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.
Moreover, our state has one of the worst “drug problems” in the country. Though the numbers have been disputed, this kind of negative publicity often causes law enforcement officials to engage in overzealous policing, bending and stretching the law to charge people with crimes and working to ensure they face the stiffest possible penalties.
Simply put, if you are up against a Colorado drug charge, you cannot afford to take it lying down. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones for the most vigorous defense possible.
How do you do that? By doing what countless others have done over the years and reaching out to Jacob E. Martinez.
Why You Want Jacob E. Martinez on Your Side When You’ve Been Accused of a Colorado Drug Offense
There is a reason so many people turn to Mr. Martinez to help them battle their drug charges: he understands what it takes to get results.
Knowledge. Did you know that the police can legally confiscate property if they believe it was involved in a drug crime? Or that some types of evidence must be collected within a specific time frame, or you will not be able to use them? How about the fact that some drug charges are eligible for diversion programs and other alternative forms of sentencing?
Jacob E. Martinez knows all the ins and outs of the law. He will do whatever he can to minimize the penalties you face and protect your rights. Our law office will even represent you in forfeiture hearings to help you try to reclaim any property taken due to the case.
Skill. Awards are not the only measure by which you should judge the quality of a criminal attorney. That being said, it means something when a lawyer is recognized repeatedly by both clients and colleagues.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Martinez has received all kinds of recognition, including:
- Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers
- Top 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under the age of 40
- Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers for Criminal Defense
- Lead Counsel Peer Rated Designation by Lead Counsel
- 10 Best Law Firms in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of DUI Attorneys
- Avvo Client’s Choice Award
- Avvo Top Attorney (criminal defense and DUI)
Public Interest Service Award from the University of Colorado School of Law
Of course, awards tell you little about working with an attorney daily, which is why Mr. Martinez recommends looking at his glowing testimonials from past clients.
Perseverance. Undoubtedly, the most essential part of getting someone a positive outcome is putting in the work. Depending on the case’s specifics, that may mean tracking down witnesses, repeatedly following up with various officials to acquire information and evidence, poring over police reports, examining personal histories, and more.
Jacob E. Martinez understands this completely and dedicates himself to any case he decides to take on.
Denver Drug Charges Jacob E. Martinez Can Help You
Wondering about the types of drug charges Mr. Martinez has been able to take on successfully? There are quite a few.
Possession. Cocaine. Methamphetamines. Heroin. Crack. Narcotics. OxyContin and other oxycodone drugs without a prescription. There are lots of drugs that our state still says it is illegal to possess. In fact, you can add marijuana to that list as well because if you have more than a certain amount – or if you display or use marijuana in public – it is against the law.
Depending on the type and amount of drug in question, possession charges range from a petty offense with a $100 fine to a class 4 felony, which can net you anywhere from 2-6 years in prison and $2,000-$5,000 in fines.
Distribution or trafficking. This charge can be levied for selling or distributing any of the drugs listed above, among others, and for the conspiracy to sell or distribute drugs. This second part is very important because it essentially gives law enforcement officials the ability to charge you with this offense merely for having over a certain amount of drugs in your possession.
Once again, your charges and penalties will depend upon the type and amount of drug. Even the least severe trafficking offense – a level 1 drug misdemeanor – comes with the possibility of 6-18 months in jail and $500-$5,000 in fines. The most serious trafficking offense – a level 1 drug felony – comes with the possibility of 8-32 years in prison and $5,000-$1 million in fines.
Prescription fraud. This covers a variety of possible actions, including forging a prescription, lying to get a prescription, and even trying to use a valid prescription multiple times. Our state classifies this crime as a level 4 drug felony, and the consequences include the possibility of 6-12 months in jail and fines up to $100,000.
Manufacturing drugs. Includes cultivating, growing, or manufacturing drugs, as in a grow house or laboratory. Depending on the amount and type of drug in question, charges and penalties range from a level 1 drug misdemeanor with the possibility of 6-18 months in jail and $500-$5,000 in fines to a level 1 drug felony with the possibility of 8-32 years in prison and $5,000-$1 million in fines.
Additionally, Mr. Martinez knows full well that drug charges are often associated with other types of criminal activity, and it is quite common for someone to face multiple related charges. Some of the offenses most commonly charged in conjunction with drug crimes include:
Last but not least, juveniles can also face drug charges, and the law works quite differently for minors. If your child has been accused of possession or another drug crime in our state, talk to Jacob Martinez as soon as possible to learn what options are available to protect their rights and future.
Reach Out Today to Start Crafting the Strongest Possible Defense Against Your Colorado Drug Charges
As you can see, Colorado takes drug crimes very seriously. Depending on the nature of the drug crime you have been accused of, you may even find yourself facing federal penalties – which can be significantly more severe.
To combat these potential consequences, you need someone on your side with an in-depth understanding of the drug laws in Colorado. Jacob E. Martinez knows the law and is willing to put in the complex, day-to-day work to give you the best possible chance at a positive outcome.
Do not wait any longer. Get in touch with our office right now to set up a free and confidential initial consultation: