Marijuana Criminal Defense Attorney | David H. Johnson

Are You Facing A Marijuana Cultivation Or Possession Charge In Colorado?

In late 2012, Colorado passed Amendment 64, which marked a pivotal point in the way Marijuana is dealt with in the Colorado legal system. It is now permitted under Colorado state law for citizens and visitors over age 21 to possess and grow cannabis in certain, limited amounts and under certain circumstances. This said, there are still many situations in which criminal charges may be filed involving marijuana.

A Marijuana Arrest Is Still A Serious Matter · Get Experienced Counsel Now

It is important to note that, while marijuana is legal to use for medical and recreational purposes, marijuana is still considered a controlled substance under Colorado law. The possession, use, cultivation and transport are tightly regulated and are still under the scrutiny of Federal laws. Some people face federal drug charges for which state laws offer no protections, but even at the state level, current marijuana offenses include:

While criminal penalties for some marijuana charges are manageable without the need of legal assistance, the rippling effects of a drug-related conviction can be devastating in your life and the lives of those you love. In addition to fines and court-related costs, a marijuana-related drug conviction on your criminal record can be a serious barrier to employment and educational goals. It is still considered a drug conviction.

Current marijuana offenses include:

  • Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana for personal use
  • Public display or use, including use in parks
  • Misdemeanor possession of more than two ounces but less than 12 ounces
  • Possession of 12 ounces or more — which can lead to felony charges at various levels, carrying penalties that include massive fines and up to 12 years imprisonment
  • Providing marijuana to a person under 18 years old
  • Cultivation of more than six marijuana plants, growing marijuana for other than personal use, engaging in processing to produce marijuana concentrate and a range of other activities
  • Driving under the influence of marijuana or another controlled substance (DUID)

Aggressive Defense Starts With Rigorous Investigation

I will investigate your case for police misconduct, mishandling of evidence, compromised informant testimony, and violations of your Fourth Amendment rights, as through an illegal search and seizure. I will conduct a thorough review of any police interrogation and witness statements.

By carefully reviewing the actions and misconduct of any law enforcement officials, such as obtaining and executing search warrants, we may be able to begin building a solid defense for your case. Marijuana cultivation cases, specifically, often hinge on informant testimony. I am dedicated to investigating these informants and challenging evidence used against you.

If the evidence against you is strong and was lawfully obtained, all is not lost. By carefully taking into consideration your personal background we may be able to negotiate a reduced charge or sentence against you. Depending on the evidence, we may be able to plead guilty to a lesser offense or deferred sentence with drug counseling. I also have resources for counseling services in Larimer County that we can review, should this be an option we need to discuss.

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