If you are ever arrested for a drug crime in Colorado, it’s important to understand the charge levied against you as well as the possible penalties associated with said crime. One of the most commonly charged drug crimes in Colorado is possession with intent to distribute. This is a serious crime that can wind up putting you behind bars for quite a few years and cost you thousands of dollars in fines.

If you are stopped by law enforcement while in possession of drugs, you could be hit with an intent to distribute charge. It all depends on the amount of drugs in your possession, if any additional items were in your possession and what the prosecution thought you had planned for the drugs.

The most common sign of intent to distribute is that the amount of drugs on the subject is too much for personal use. Other signs include the presence of packing material, drug paraphernalia, digital or written messages from customers and large amounts of money.

The penalties for possession with intent to distribute vary based on the type of drug in your possession and the amount of said drug. Penalties range anywhere from six months to 32 years in prison depending on whether the charge involves a misdemeanor or felony and $500 to $1 million in fines.

Are you facing a drug charge in Summit County? This is a serious situation that should never be ignored or swept under the rug. Drug charges, such as possession with intent to distribute, should be taken seriously and with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.