What are level 1 drug misdemeanors in Colorado?
Colorado law subdivides drug misdemeanors into two tiers: level 1 to level 2. Level 1 drug misdemeanors are the most serious category of Colorado drug misdemeanors. Common examples of level 1 drug misdemeanors in Colorado include:
- The Colorado crime of unlawful drug possession (of schedule III, IV or V drugs, or drugs listed in part 2 or Article 18 of Title 18, not including flunitrazepam or ketamine.)
- The Colorado crime of marijuana possession (more than 6 oz. but not more than 12 oz., or not more than 3 oz. of marijuana concentrate)
- The Colorado crime of attempting to commit a level 4 drug felony
What are level 1 drug misdemeanor penalties in Colorado?
The minimum penalty for level 1 drug misdemeanors is:
- 6 months in jail and/or $500 in fines
And the maximum penalty for level 1 drug misdemeanors is:
- 18 months in jail and/or $5,000 in fines
Starting March 1, 2020, the punishment for unlawful possession is:
- Probation of up to 2 years;
- Possibly 180 days in jail; and
- Up to $1,000
But for a 3rd or subsequent offense, up to 364 days in jail.
Other level 1 drug misdemeanor facts in Colorado
People facing level 1 drug misdemeanor charges in Colorado may demand a jury trial of six people. (With the court’s okay, the defendant may opt for a bench trial or a smaller jury of no less than three jurors.) Depending on the circumstances of the charge, the defendant might be able to have the criminal case sealed from his/her record.
Though Colorado level 1 drug misdemeanors and Colorado level 2 drug misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, some of them could be considered deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. Consequently, aliens facing certain level 1 drug misdemeanors charges should speak with an attorney about how to try to safeguard their resident status in the U.S.
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