In Colorado, under certain circumstances, you are subject to longer sentences for drug felonies than you otherwise would be.
Circumstances that require mandatory sentencing in Colorado’s aggravated range for drug felonies include:
- You were on parole for another felony;
- You were on probation or bond while awaiting sentencing following revocation of probation for another felony;
- You were under confinement, in prison, or in any correctional institution as a convicted felon, or you were an escapee from any correctional institution for another felony;
- You were on appeal bond following your conviction for a previous felony;
- You were on probation for, or on bond while awaiting sentencing following revocation of probation for, a delinquent act that would have constituted a felony if committed by an adult; or
- Any other factors the court deems appropriate.
The court also has the discretion to sentence you to an aggravated sentence if, at the time you committed a Colorado drug felony:
- You were charged with, or were on bond for, a felony in a previous case and you were convicted of any felony in the previous case;
- You were charged with, or were on bond for, a delinquent act that would have constituted a felony if committed by an adult;
- You were on bond for having pled guilty to a lesser offense when the original offense charged was a felony;
- You were under a deferred judgment and sentence for another felony;
- You were on bond in a juvenile prosecution for having pled guilty to a lesser delinquent act when the original delinquent act charged would have constituted a felony if committed by an adult;
- You were under a deferred judgment and sentence for a delinquent act that would have constituted a felony if committed by an adult; or
- You were on parole for having been adjudicated a delinquent child for an offense that would constitute a felony if committed by an adult.
For more information on drug felonies, you may wish to visit our pages on Colorado possession of a controlled substance,18-18-403.5 C.R.S. or Colorado sale of a controlled substance, 18-18-405 C.R.S. You can also find additional information in our articles on:
- Colorado cocaine laws,
- Colorado ecstasy (MDMA, Molly) laws,
- Colorado GHB laws,
- Colorado heroin laws,
- Colorado ketamine laws,
- Colorado methamphetamine laws, or
- Colorado PCP (Angel Dust) laws.
Call us for help…
If you or someone you know has been charged with a Colorado drug crime, we invite you to contact our experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyers for a free consultation.
We know there are two sides to every story. We’re here to make sure the judge (and, if necessary, the jury) hear yours, even if – especially if – you are facing a Colorado aggravated felony sentence.
Communities our Colorado drugs crimes lawyers serve include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial and Boulder. We can assist with bail and release at any of the state detention centers, including the Weld County Jail.
You can reach us using the confidential form on this page or by calling us at our Denver home office. One of our sympathetic Colorado drug lawyers will get back to you promptly to discuss your case and the best defenses to your Colorado felony drug charges.
In Denver, our home office is located at:
Colorado Legal Defense Group
4047 Tejon Street
Denver CO 80211