Undercover sting results in Eagle County morphine bust | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Joshua Thurston, of Eagle County, was arrested on Tuesday for selling morphine.  Thurston, 27, has been charged with possession and distribution of a narcotic.  He allegedly sold a quantity of morphine pills to undercover police officers from his Eagle County home.

Thurston is being held in lieu of a $7,500 bond.

Thurston did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

Eagle County resident charged with cocaine distribution | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Charles Guadalupe was arrested on drug charges.  Guadalupe, 45, who lives on Davos Trail in Vail, has been charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine.  The arrest is the result of an investigation where undercover officers purchased $500 worth of cocaine from Guadalupe.  He did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

224 marijuana plants seized during arrest of Chris Bartkowicz of Denver | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Westword Blogs is reporting that DEA conducted a raid of the Highlands Ranch residence of Chris Bartkowicz.  During the search, agents found 224 marijuana plants.  Bartkowicz was charged by the United States Attorney’s Office with possession with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense 224 marijuana plants — a crime that could net him between five and forty years behind bars and a fine of $2 million.  He did not hire an attorney from 5280defense.com.

Expressed Consent | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

You’ve certainly heard the expression that “driving is a privilege, not a right.”  This adage is especially true when discussing drunk driving laws in the state of Colorado.  In this state, any person suspected of drunk driving has already consented to providing a breath and/or blood test for chemical analysis.  This is called “expressed consent”.

What is Expressed Consent?

Expressed Consent is unfair.  I was scared and did not know what to do!

I felt that I was being asked to give evidence against myself and refused.

What’s at stake? Penalties for Drunk Driving / DUI / DWAI / Vehicular Assault / Vehicular Homicide | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Besides license suspension, a conviction for drunk driving carries heavy penalties, fines, multiple surcharges, and a laundry list of fees.

Penalties for Drunk Driving / DUI / DWAI / Vehicular Assault / Vehicular Homicide

Charge Incarceration Parole Fine
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 5 days – 1 year, or probation None $600 – $1K
2nd DUI 90 days – 1 year, or probation None $1K – $1500
Driving While Abilities Impaired (DWAI) 2 – 180 days, or probation None $200 – $500
2nd DWAI 45 days – 1 year, or probation None $600 – $1K
Vehicular Assault (recklessly cause serious bodily injury to another) 1 – 3 years 2 years $1K – $100K
Vehicular Assault (intoxicated and cause serious bodily injury to another) 2 – 6 years 2 years $2K – $500K
Vehicular Homicide (recklessly cause serious death of another) 2 – 6 years 2 years $2K – $500K
Vehicular Homicide (intoxicated and cause death of another) 4 – 12 years 5 years $3K – $750K

How are drugs classified and which are the most serious? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Schedule I substances are those that have a high potential for abuse and have no accepted medical treatment in the United States.

  • Examples: cocaine, heroin, ecstasy / MDMA

Schedule II substances are those with a high potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the United States.

  • Examples: opium, codeine, morphine, methamphetamine

Schedule III substances are those with a potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the United States.

  • Examples: anabolic steroids, ketamine

Schedule IV substances are those with a low potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the United States.

  • Examples: Xanax, Valium, Phentermine (prescription diet pills)

Schedule V substances are those with a low potential for abuse and have accepted medical treatments in the United States.  Many of these substances are found in other schedules.  The difference is a substance in this category is found in a smaller amount.

  • Examples: codeine, opium

What is the impact of a drug charge? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with and convicted of drug crime can have a dramatic impact on your life.  You may experience the shame and embarrassment of having to explain this to family, friends and co-workers.  This is a very serious charge, which could result in a felony conviction.  Consequences of a felony conviction are

  • Loss of right to vote
  • Loss of right to purchase and possess a firearm
  • Loss of job
  • Inability to find an apartment
  • Distrust amongst those closest to you.

At the Law Offices of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, we understand how this crime can affect your life and will fight to help you to maintain your dignity.