Level 4 Drug Felonies in Colorado (C.R.S. 18)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

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What are level 4 drug felonies in Colorado?

Colorado law divides drug felonies into four categories, from level 1 to level 4. Level 4 felonies are the least serious category of Colorado drug felonies. Common examples of level 4 drug felonies in Colorado include:

  • The Colorado crime of attempting to commit a level 3 drug felony
  • The Colorado crime of selling controlled substances (if it no more than 4 grams and contains a drug listed in schedule III or schedule IV of Part 2 of Article 18 of Title 18)
  • The Colorado crime of possessing a controlled substance (that contains any quantity of flunitrazepam, ketamine, or a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II of Part 2 of Article 18 of Title 18)

See the official list of Colorado level 4 drug felonies.

What are level 4 drug felony penalties in Colorado?

There are two sentencing ranges: "presumptive" and "aggravated." Presumptive is the default punishment. But the judge may hand down a harsher sentence instead if there are "aggravating factors," 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 4 drug felony penalties

  • 6 months to 1 year imprisonment, and/or
  • $1,000 to $100,000 in fines

There is also a mandatory parole period of 1 year.

Aggravated level 4 drug felony penalties

  • 1 to 2 years imprisonment, and/or
  • $1,000 to $100,000 fine

There is also a mandatory parole period of 1 year.

Other level 4 drug felony facts in Colorado

People charged with a level 4 drug felony in Colorado have the right to a jury trial of twelve jurors. (With the court's approval, the defendant can choose to have a bench trial--with only a judge--or a smaller jury of no less than six people.) Depending on the defendant's specific drug charge, the defendant might be able to get the case sealed from his/her criminal record.

Several level 4 drug felonies may be deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude. For this reason, non-citizens charged with level 4 drug felonies should consult with attorneys about how to try to avoid deportation.

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