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Denver Drug Possession: SpaghettiO’s Mistaken for Methamphetamine

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jun 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

It's not every day that a snack for the road gets mistaken for a type of drug. That was the case for one woman who was charged with meth possession. She was the passenger of a car that was pulled over when officers noticed a substance on a spoon she was holding. The residue on the spoon was apparently just SpaghettiO sauce, but the officers thought it was methamphetamine. Fortunately, all charges against the woman were dismissed, but the woman still served a month in jail. She contemplated accepting a criminal record or a plea deal to be released from the sheriff's custody. Methamphetamine is considered a controlled substance, so anyone found with it could face Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance charges. This is a serious crime in Arapahoe and Douglas County. Let's take a closer look this crime.

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What is Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance in Colorado?

The definition of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, C.R.S 18-18-403.5 in Jefferson County is:

“It is unlawful for a person knowingly to possess a controlled substance. A person who violates this section by possessing any material, compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any quantity of flunitrazepam, ketamine, or a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II commits a level 4 drug felony.”

Methamphetamine is a schedule II drug, C.R.S 18-18-204, which means it is:

  1. A substance with high potential for abuse;
  2. A substance currently accepted for medical use in treatment in the United States, or is currently accepted for medical use with severe restrictions; and
  3. A substance that may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

It's unfortunate that this woman had to spend a month in jail just because the police failed to do their jobs. The lab analysis of the spoon residue took an extremely long time to complete, postponing the outcome of the woman's situation. She also was unable to afford to bond out, which kept her in jail longer. This is unfair. The police fail to investigate crimes and leave innocent bystanders to deal with the consequences of their laziness. Methamphetamine possession can result in a level 4 drug felony charge, which means somebody convicted of this crime could face 6 months to 2 years in prison, and pay $1,000 to $100,000 in fines. The distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale, C.R.S 18-18-405, of methamphetamine can lead to more serious consequences, depending on the amount of methamphetamine.

Why You Need the Best Methamphetamine Possession Defense Lawyers in Adams and Denver County

This woman had to sit in jail, even though she was innocent. She was even willing to plead guilty for something she didn't do. No one should have to go through that. A drug conviction on your record can change your life drastically. That's why you need a criminal defense attorney to fight for you! We will ensure your case is handled thoroughly and properly. If you are facing charges of Methamphetamine Possession, don't hesitate to contact the best criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office for a free initial consultation today.

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We are here to help you – if you or a loved one has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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