When a police officer finds illegal substances in your possession, it goes without saying that a criminal charge is inevitable. A small volume of drugs might only lead to a misdemeanor conviction, but you might face much more severe consequences if the authorities believe you have the intent to distribute those drugs.
It is important to know your rights in the case of drug possession or drug distribution charge. By doing so, you can protect yourself from the serious penalties that come with a felony conviction.
Know the implications of a drug distribution charge
Colorado legal statutes explain that in addition to selling drugs outright, distributing chemicals or other resources that will aid in the manufacture of illegal substances is also a violation. This violation is a level 2 drug felony, implying up to 8 years in prison and fines ranging from $3,000 to $750,000. (more?)
Defend yourself against a drug distribution charge
It can be difficult to defend against a distribution charge if police catch you in the act, but the case against you will be much more flimsy if built on an assumption based on the amount of drugs you possess. The court is likely to dismiss the police’s findings if they are the result of an illegal search. The best way to protect yourself is to exercise your right to remain silent during police interactions, being careful not to consent to a search nor admit that you are distributing illegal substances.
Drug possession with the intent to distribute is a grievous offense and a charge that you should not take lightly. You should exercise your rights to the fullest and build a strong defense against the serious accusations against you.