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The difference in common types of drug charges

Facing any type of drug charge is a serious threat to your future. Your personal freedom is at stake, as is your reputation and even career opportunities. While some types of drug charges have more severe penalties than others, it is still in your interests to protect yourself by building a strong defense suited to your individual needs. 

It may be helpful to first understand more about the type of drug charge you are up against. This can help you identify the potential penalties that can affect your life if convicted, as well as how you should approach your defense. A strong defense is an important step, whether you are facing charges for a misdemeanor crime or felony offense.

Common types of drug charges

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits all approach to criminal defense. The right defense strategy for you depends on your goals, your criminal record, the factors unique to your case and the specific types of charges you are facing. Some of the most common types of drug charges include: 

  • Possession – People can face this charge if caught with even a small amount of illicit drugs on their person or in their possession. Even small amounts can lead to relatively serious charges.
  • Paraphernalia – It is possible to face drug paraphernalia charges, even if you do not have drugs in your possession. You can face this charge if caught with anything used to transport, consume, manufacture or hide illicit drugs.
  • Trafficking – A person can face this charge if there is evidence of involvement in the sale, transport or importing of illicit drugs. 

Other types of drug charges include dealing, manufacturing and more. Often, a person will face multiple types of drug charges at once. No matter how minor your case seems or how serious the charges against you, it is always worthwhile to fight for your future through a strong defense. 

The defense help you deserve

Whether you are already facing charges or you think you may face charges at some point soon, it is in your interests to start with your defense strategy immediately. When it is your future on the line and you are facing the possibility of time behind bars, there is no time to lose in seeking an evaluation of your case and developing a defense plan. It may be helpful for you to start with a complete evaluation of your case from an experienced Colorado defense attorney.

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