Level 1 Drug Felonies in Colorado (C.R.S. 18)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

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What are level 1 drug felonies in Colorado?

Colorado law categorizes drug felonies into four classes, from level 1 to level 4. Level 1 felonies are the most serious category of Colorado drug felonies. Examples of level 1 drug felonies in Colorado are:

  • The Colorado crime of selling controlled substances (more than 225 grams and contains a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II of Part 2 of Article 18 of Title 18; or more than 112 grams and contains methamphetamine, heroin, ketamine, or cathinone; or more than 50 milligrams and contains flunitrazepam)
  • The Colorado crime of selling marijuana to a minor (more than two and one-half pounds of marijuana, or more than one pound of marijuana concentrate, if the person is an adult and is two years older than the minor)
  • The Colorado crime of selling marijuana (if the amount of marijuana is more than 50 pounds or the amount of marijuana concentrate is more than 25 pounds.)

See the official list of Colorado level 1 drug felonies.

What are level 1 drug felony penalties in Colorado?

There are two sentencing ranges for drug felonies in Colorado: "presumptive" and "aggravated." Presumptive is the default range for sentences. However, the judge may decide to order a tougher sentence if there are "aggravating factors" in play, such as if the defendant was:

  • on parole,
  • on probation or bond for another felony,
  • in confinement for a felony,
  • an escapee from confinement for a felony

Presumptive level 1 drug felony penalties

  • 8 to 32 years imprisonment, and
  • maybe $5,000 to $1 million in fines

There is also a mandatory parole period of 3 years.

Aggravated level 1 drug felony penalties

  • 12 to 32 years imprisonment, and
  • maybe $5,000 to $1 million in fines

There is also a mandatory parole period of 3 years.

Other level 1 drug felony facts in Colorado

A trial by jury is available to people charged with drug felonies in Colorado. (The default jury size is twelve, but the defendant can ask the court for a jury as small as six people, or a bench trial with no jury.) Getting the drug case sealed may be possible depending on the charge and how the case turned out.

Level 1 drug felonies may be deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. So people facing drug prosecution in Colorado are strongly advised to discuss their cases with criminal defense and immigration attorneys in an effort to safeguard their resident status.

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