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.

Sex Offense Punishment | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The punishment for sex crimes can be severe.  The range of punishment depends upon the facts of your case.  Some of these charges have federal counterparts and others are subject to mandatory sentence provisions for violent crimes so it is important to speak with an attorney who has experience handling both types of charges.

Charge Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Sexual Assault Class 2 felony

Class 3 felony

Class 4 felony

Class 1 misd.

8 – 24 years

4 – 12 years

2 – 6 years

6 – 24 months

5 years

5 years

3 years

None

$5K – $1M

$3K – $750K

$2K – $500K

$500 – $5K

Unlawful Sexual Conduct Class 4 felony

Class 1 misd.

2 – 6 years

6 – 24 months

3 years

None

$2K – $500K

$500 – $5K

Sexual Assault on a Child Class 3 felony

Class 4 felony

4 – 12 years

2 – 6 years

5 years

3 years

$3K – $750K

$2K – $500K

Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child Class 4 felony 2 – 6 years 3 years $2K – $500K
Sexual Exploitation of a Child / Child Pornography Class 4 felony

Class 6 felony

2 – 6 years

1y – 18 mo

3 years

1 year

$2K – $500K

$1K – $100K

Failure to register as sex offender Class 5 felony

Class 6 felony

Class 1 misd.

1 – 3 years

1y – 18mo

6 – 18 months

2 years

1 year

None

$1K – $100K

$1K – $100K

$500 – $5K

Federal Sex Crimes | Denver Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are currently being investigated or are actually charged with a sex crime, the time to act is NOW.  You must find excellent legal representation to represent you and present the truth in court.  Many attorneys do not accept these types of cases, and even fewer have experience handling them.  Every case is different, and each presents thorny and difficult issues.  You need someone who knows where to find answers.

As a federal prosecutor I handled many federal sex crimes.  These charges are very different from their state counterparts.  You need an attorney who is experienced to guide you through this sensitive and difficult time.

Child Pornography

Internet Sex Crimes

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Firearms | Denver Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

The Department of Justice has made firearm prosecution a priority.  As a result, ATF agents and prosecutors are staging unique undercover operations to aggressively investigate and prosecute.  As a result, many lawful firearms owners may find themselves saddled with federal charges.  You need an attorney who has experience working with ATF agents and federal firearms violations.

Illegal Possession of Firearms

Weapons Trafficking