All drug felonies in Colorado are serious matters. If convicted of a drug felony, you will face possible jail time and be classified as a felon. Convicted felons lose certain rights that others enjoy, such as the right to own or possess firearms.
If you have been charged with class 4 felony drug possession or any other class 4 drug felony, The Ferrell Law Firm, PLLC, can help. With a former prosecutor and experienced trial lawyers on staff, we know how to combat drug charges effectively. Our attorneys will fight your charges and attempt to get them thrown out or reduced. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
How Serious Are Level 4 Drug Felonies?
Level 4 drug felonies carry a jail sentence of between six months and one year. Additionally, aggravated circumstances can increase the penalty to between one and two years. Fines for level 4 drug felonies can range from $1,000 to $100,000. The parole period after serving a sentence for a level 4 drug felony is one year. In most cases, convictions of this type can be sealed 3 years post-conviction.
Examples of Level 4 Drug Felonies
There are several types of convictions that Colorado law considers level 4 drug felonies (F4). The most obvious is unlawful possession of a controlled substance. F4 crimes can also include selling no more than four grams of a Schedule III or IV drug and attempting to commit a level 3 drug felony.
Level 4 Drugs
Depending on the crime being charged, different classes of drugs can lead to an F4 conviction. Possession is a felony 4 crime if the drug in question includes flunitrazepam, ketamine, GHB, or contains four grams or less of a Schedule I or II controlled substance. Schedule I and II controlled substances include the following:
- Cocaine, and
The sale of a controlled substance is an F4 if the drug in question is a Schedule III or IV controlled substance. Schedule III and IV controlled substances include the following:
- Anabolic steroids,
- Valium, and
These are general rules, and specific circumstances can vary significantly. If you have been charged with a drug crime, an experienced attorney from The Ferrell Law Firm, PLLC, can help you understand and fight your charges.
Statute of Limitations
In Colorado, the statute of limitations for F4 drug charges is three years. For drug felonies, this means that prosecutors have three years to file charges.
Colorado also has a tolling period that pauses the statute of limitations if the suspect is either out of state or otherwise hiding. This tolling period can run for up to five years. This means that a suspect who leaves the state or hides from law enforcement can face charges up to eight years after the commission of the crime.
The Ferrell Law Firm, PLLC, Can Help
If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact The Ferrell Law Firm, PLLC, today! We pride ourselves on giving each client the personalized and attentive service they deserve. Our attorneys also have a background in substance abuse treatment and mental health, so we can point clients toward treatment options when needed. Schedule a consultation now.