Charged with Possession of Heroin in Denver?
Like most states in America, Colorado considers heroin to be a very dangerous and high-risk drug with profoundly negative impacts, both physiologically and neurologically. Personal possession alone carries significant felony charges, but the intent to distribute charge carries even more serious consequences.
A law enforcement officer may determine your intent to sell or distribute by the presence of certain accessories or equipment that are most often used to divvy up a large stash into smaller portions for easy transmission. Baggies, containers, and scales are a very suggestive sign of intent to distribute, but multiple pre-packaged units of heroin are an obvious give away. However, the concept of intent is not always a black and white issue. The charge can be somewhat subjective in many circumstances, which also allows for realistic appeal and negotiations in the courtroom.
Although larger amounts are not always the case with intent to distribute charges, most heroin distributers do tend to possess higher quantities than your average user. Possession of between 1 ounce and 1 pound of heroin usually comes with a minimum of 4 years in jail. An amount between 1 pound and 1 kilogram can bring up to 8 years in prison, and finally, any possession over a kilogram can earn a criminal up to 32 years of incarceration. Jail time is often associated with a large fine, especially with the addition of intent.
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The charges for possession of heroin with intent still follow the felony classifications as determined by Colorado Code Sections 18-1.3-401 and 8.18-403.5, but the added intent is more likely to increase jail time or maximize the associated fines. Similarly, the intensity of the charges will also depend on any prior criminal record of the defendant.
Because there is so much variability in the potential charges associated with intent to distribute Heroin, an experienced Denver felony drug defense attorney is the best way to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact Stanley Marks today at (720) 580-6788.