Dedicated Grand Junction Drug Offense Attorney Aggressively Representing Clients in Colorado
If you’ve been arrested for a Grand Junction drug crime—whether it is your first arrest or you’ve been through the system before—it adds unnecessary stress to your life. If convicted, you could face fines, probation, and even jail time, seriously disrupting the life you’ve worked so hard for. However, an arrest for a drug crime does not need to result in a conviction. Do not give up hope; you have options.
At the law office of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., I proudly represent clients facing all types of Grand Junction drug crimes. With over 24 years of experience handling criminal law cases, and have tried countless cases in front of a jury, I have the knowledge, skill, and dedication to confidently help you, regardless of the nature of the allegations.
I Represent Clients Charged with All Types of Grand Junction Drug Crimes
As an experienced trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience handling drug cases, I bring a high level of commitment and experience to every case I handle. Over the years, I’ve seen the government’s attitude toward certain drugs, such as marijuana, ease up. However, police and prosecutors are still looking for those who transport large amounts of marijuana, especially along the Interstate 70 corridor. At the same time, the government has increased its enforcement efforts when it comes to other drugs, such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.
Over the past 24 years, I have successfully defended clients facing almost every conceivable type of drug crime, including:
- Drug possession,
- Drug manufacturing and cultivation,
- Drug distribution, and
- Drug trafficking.
Each of these offenses requires a slightly different approach. However, in many Grand Junction drug cases, the first step is considering whether the evidence was illegally obtained.
Grand Junction Search and Seizure Laws
While there are many ways to defend against a Grand Junction drug crime, perhaps the most common is challenging the arresting officer’s conduct leading up to the arrest. You have rights under the state and federal constitution, protecting you from illegal searches and seizures. While search-and-seizure law is extremely complex, law enforcement must generally have a warrant to conduct a search. Warrantless searches are allowed only if an officer can prove that they had either probable cause or reasonable suspicion that a crime occurred.
For example, law enforcement officers must provide a factual basis justifying their decision to do any of the following:
- Pullover a vehicle,
- Search a car,
- Stop a pedestrian, or
- Search a home.
The majority of Grand Junction drug arrests stem from one of these four types of searches. When an officer conducts an illegal stop, I immediately file a motion to suppress the evidence based on the officer’s violation of my client’s constitutional rights. If the court grants the motion, the evidence cannot be used at trial and, often, the prosecution will withdraw the case.
Penalties for Grand Junction Drug Offenses
A Grand Junction drug crime can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type of drug, the amount of the substance, and other criteria. Even mere possession (without the intent to distribute) can be a felony. For example, possession of fewer than four grams of a Schedule I or II drugs (except GHB, Flunitrazepam, Ketamine, or cathinone) is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. However, the court has the discretion to impose a lesser sentence of probation. Possession of more than four grams is a level 4 drug felony, punishable by up to one-year imprisonment and a fine of $100,000.
Charges involving the manufacturer, cultivation, distribution, or trafficking of drugs are much more serious and are almost always felony offenses.
Contact a Grand Junction Narcotics Lawyer for Immediate Assistance
If you face Grand Junction drug charges, give me a call to see how I can help. I am committed to every one of my clients and will work tirelessly to protect your rights at every step of the process. To learn more and to schedule, free consultation at my Grand Junction law firm, call 970-248-0984 or toll-free at 1-855-704-0888. You can also reach out through my online form, and I will get in touch with you.