Probation is sometimes difficult to comply with. Depending on the probation officer, rules and regulations differ. Compliance is very important after being convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense in Douglas or Adams County, and across Colorado. Problems probably arise because the statute for probation is so broad, C.R.S 18-1.3-204. Probationers also have concerns with using medical marijuana while they're on probation. However, a new law was passed regarding probation and medical marijuana, weed and pot use. Let's take a look into this new law in Colorado, and see how it applies to your probation sentence.
Colorado Law on Medical Marijuana, Pot and Weed Use While on Probation
The new law states that parolees and probationers can use marijuana, pot or weed for medical use. The most important word to be aware of here is the word “medical”. With this new law in effect in El Paso County and Denver County, it means the Probation Department and the Court can't restrict parolees or probationers from using medical marijuana while they're on probation. For people that use marijuana for pain relief, this is a helpful change. Remember though, this law does not grant everyone on probation the right to use marijuana. It only applies to medical marijuana.
If facing probation revocation for any reason, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.
Probation Revocation in Arapahoe County
Sometimes, a defendant may fail to meet his or her probation terms for a variety of reasons. In the past, anyone who used marijuana faced a revocation hearing. There are two ways that someone may violate his or her probation in Colorado:
The probationer fails to comply with specific probation terms, including monitoring sobriety, failure to pay fees, costs, or restitution, or missed classes.
New Law Violations:
The probationer is charged with a new criminal offense when serving a probation sentence that is currently active.
Fortunately for many, with the changes in the probation statute, medical marijuana use will no longer be a technical violation. This means that it won't lead to a probation revocation. It's important for you to contact a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer if you've been threatened with revocation proceedings for any reason. We work hard to fight alongside you and ensure a successful resolution to your probation sentence.
Why You Need the Best Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers in Colorado
If you are facing probation revocation for a misdemeanor or felony offense in Denver and Jefferson County, it's vital for your future to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. The attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer are experienced and work aggressively to defend our clients' rights, including the constitutional right to use medical marijuana. We are devoted and highly focused on the practice of criminal defense. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation, and reduce your chances of a revocation and jail or prison sentence.