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Drug Charges

When Colorado legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana in the state, many believed that they would also relax their position on drug possession in general. However, this has not been the case. The possession of most controlled substances in Colorado is still a felony offense. Even the smallest amounts of cocaine or methamphetamines can result in significant time behind bars. 

Colorado classifies controlled substances separately and each scheduled drug results in different crime classifications and penalties. 

  • Schedule I: heroin, LSD
  • Schedule II: opium, codeine, methamphetamine
  • Schedule III: hydrocodone
  • Schedule IV: lorazepam
  • Schedule V: OTC cold medications with small amounts of codeine

The penalties for possession of these substances depends largely on the schedule drug, the amount of drug in your possession, whether there was intent to sell, whether you’re a habitual offender, and whether you were within close proximity to a school. 

If you are convicted of drug possession, you may serve anywhere from six months to up to 32 years in prison for your crime. 

  • Level 4 Drug Felony – possession of any amount Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 controlled substance 
    • 6 months to 1 year in prison 
    • $1,000 to $100,000 fines
    • Mandatory parole of 1 year
  • Level 3 Drug Felony – selling a controlled substance of not more than 14 grams of Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 drug
    • 2-4 years in prison
    • $2,000 to $500,000 fines
    • Mandatory parole of 1 year
  • Level 2 Drug Felony – selling a controlled substance of more than 14 grams but not more than 225 grams of any Schedule 1 or 2 drug
    • 8 to 16 years in prison
    • $3,000 to $750,000 in fines
    • Mandatory parole of 2 years
  • Level 1 Drug Felony – selling controlled substances (more than 225 grams) or selling marijuana to minors 
    • 8 to 32 years in prison
    • $5,000 to $1 million in fines
    • Mandatory parole of 3 years 

A Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you have been arrested for drug possession or drug distribution, it is important to know that you can fight these serious charges. First-time offenders and those with small amounts of drugs in their possession may be able to seek treatment in lieu of jail time. An experienced drug possession attorney in Boulder can push to have you enter the Colorado drug diversion program instead of going to jail. There may also be specialized drug courts, Veterans Treatment Centers, and deferred sentencing for drug offenders. 

Contact Our Boulder Drug Defense Lawyers Today

Mertes LawIf you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with possession of drugs in Boulder, it is important to know that you are not alone. There are ways you can fight these charges and have them reduced or even dismissed altogether. Don’t delay in calling a knowledgeable Boulder criminal defense attorney from the Mertes Law Firm who can guide you through the process, looking out for your rights and your future. Call us today at 303-440-0123.    

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– Car Accident Client –

Larry and his staff took excellent care of both my husband and I. My injury was not severe but it changed both of our lives. I am not a fan of litigation so I tried to get better on my own. My treatments were costly and I continued to struggle. I had to give up many of the things that gave me pleasure. Larry made me realize that I still had rights even though I had a previous injury. I was not the same person. It was good to have Larry in my corner.

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I love Mertes Law. Not only is Larry Mertes a brilliant, thorough, experienced, knowledgeable, and well networked lawyer, he is a kind, intuitive, caring, trustworthy, and genuine person. What seemed like an unfortunate circumstance actually ended up a blessing in disguise, and meeting and hiring Mertes Law was the catalyst. I now have a greater understanding of the insurance business so I can make sure I’m taken care of. The health care professionals Larry put me in contact with matched my personal needs and I’ve retained lasting, cherished relationships, both professionally and personally. Thank you!

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– Anonymous –

We hired Larry to help seal the files of felony charge for my husband that had occurred several years ago. There were a lot of crazy circumstance to the original case/charges that made it seem impossible. It was difficult to do for many reasons but Larry got it done.

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They handled a DWI and Criminal Mischief case for us. Very patient and helpful!! The entire staff was GREAT!!!

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– Jeremy –

Larry Mertes handled my DUI case in a very professional manner. I got positive feedback from the start, as he had a lot of questions I never would have thought of when we had our initial consultation. I understood that due to the large number of cases the firm handles, I had to be patient to hear a response back. But it was always a very thorough response, and he made good suggestions. TJ Willard also assisted in my case, and helped me to win my administrative hearing by simply stating the facts and explaining that I was only sitting in the vehicle, and not actually driving it. He had helped Larry a great deal with my case and I would also recommend his services. Larry had recommended a good course of action for me to take to help my case to include gathering as much information and evidence as I could and attending alcohol classes ahead of time for my DUI charge. All of this preparation had helped put me in a good situation. He had presented an excellent argument toward the District Attorney stating that I had not intended to drive, and was merely sitting in the car staying warm to try to figure out what to do next. He also mentioned the arresting officer had no reasonable suspicion for approaching my vehicle because I had tinted windows and he could not see inside. I was also parked legally in a parking garage. The DA had later reached a plea bargaining agreement, and I plead guilty to a reckless driving offense with community service, and my DUI charge had been dismissed. Well worth the cost and peace of mind of maintaining a clean criminal record. I would strongly recommend Larry Mertes for his legal services! Thank you!

“Reduced 4 felonies to deferred misdemeanor…”

– Rob –

Larry and TJ were very adept at handling both my son and the DA in dealing with my son’s felony charges. With some sage advice to take an extra two weeks on bond, my son was able to demonstrate he was trying to get back on track, and the bond officer was able to give an excellent report. TJ was right there helping my son see what he needed to do, and encourage him to keep trying to put his best foot forward with the judge, DA, and bond officer.

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– Jack –

Mr. Mertes resolved my case in a expedient and professional manner. I had multiple serious charges and he was able to reduce my felony charges down to a 1st class misdemeanor. He was very compassionate and was always available to discuss my case. From arrest to disposition was only 36 days. He should be appointed to be a judge in my opinion.

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The Mertes Law Office did an outstanding job in analyzing each piece of my case and strategizing ways to determine whether or not I was charged fairly. Throughout dealing with me their team stayed on top of everything, made sure I was informed and updated in addition they answered all of my questions promptly. In the end I was able to keep a clean record and received the best outcome due to their recommendations. Mertes Law will not disappoint.

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Larry represented me a few times for cases involving auto accidents and he never ceased to impress. He understands the system and insurance companies very well and always painted a clear picture of what the plan was. His coaching for times when I had to speak, like depositions, was always on point. He referred me to great doctors who helped me get healthy and whose reports helped aid our case. Whenever Larry was wasn’t immediately available, the staff was always eager and willing to help. Beyond being great at what he does, Larry also took interest in my personal life by getting to know me and ensuring the legal process didn’t derail everything else in my life. He cared from day 1 and it has always been appreciated.

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– Sara –

I’ve recently used Mertes Law and cannot be happier with their service. Both Larry and Pete made me feel welcome and helped ease my worries about possible outcomes. They always kept me in the loop and made sure I understood all of my options before I made a decision. If it wasn’t for their professional guidance, I wouldn’t have had the outcome I received. I’m so happy and grateful I chose them to help me. I would never use anyone else and highly recommend them both.

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5 stars

Settlements and Victories

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Successfully defended a CU student in a Title IX Sexual Misconduct claim alleging non-consensual sexual contact and sexual intercourse on campus at CU Boulder. No criminal charges filed, client found not responsible.

TITLE IX DEFENSE

Client Found Not Responsible

Boulder, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Burn injury case at a nursing home in Boulder, settled for $675,000.

Personal Injury – Elder Abuse

$675,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Slip and fall accident at a fast food restaurant in Longmont, settled for $82,500.

Personal Injury – Slip and Fall

$82,500 Settlement

Longmont, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Personal injury case in Denver tried for a verdict exceeding policy limits ($390,990 with costs and interest).

Personal Injury – Negligence

$390,990 Verdict

Denver, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Negligent snow board accident at a ski resort, settled for $225,000.

Personal Injury – Ski Accident

$225,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Professional malpractice claim in El Paso County, settled for $140,000.

Personal Injury – Professional Malpractice

$140,000 Settlement

El Paso County, Colorado

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Car accident in Longmont resulting in a brain injury. Settled for $350,000.

PERSONAL INJURY – TBI

$350,000 Settlement

Longmont, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Bicycle accident in Boulder County resulting in a damaged shoulder. Settled for $120,000.

PERSONAL INJURY – BICYCLE ACCIDENT

$120,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Rear-end car accident in Boulder, settled for $245,ooo.

PERSONAL INJURY – CAR ACCIDENT

$245,000 Settlement

Boulder, CO

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Sex assault trial involving a religious cult in Boulder. Resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – SEXUAL ASSAULT

Not Guilty Jury Verdict

Boulder, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Second degree assault charge in Boulder reduced to a misdemeanor menacing charge.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – ASSAULT

Reduced Charge

Boulder, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Sex assault on a cognitively impaired person charge in Boulder that resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – ASSAULT

Not Guilty Jury Verdict

Boulder, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

Domestic Violence and second degree assault charge in Longmont reduced to a misdemeanor with deferred sentence.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Reduced Charge

Longmont, CO

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

DUI charge in Weld County reduced to Careless Driving.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – DUI

Reduced Charge

Weld County

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FOR OUR CLIENTS.

DUI charge in Longmont, reduced to Careless Driving. Work up of the client’s medical condition resulted in a plea result, but also saved the client from blindness when an untreated glaucoma was identified as a causal factor.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE – DUI

Reduced Charge

Longmont, CO

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