Two University of Colorado students are facing felony drug charges over a purported transaction that involved the sale of a prescription pill for $5. One student allegedly offered the prescription pill to another student, the other student supposedly purchased the pill, and a campus employee claims to have seen the transaction occur.
The accused seller of the pill was 23-years old, and the reported buyer was 21-years old. The pill in question was supposed to be used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD), and it’s felt that some students use the pills to keep awake while studying for tests.
One student described the bringing of Class 3 (in the case of the student accused of selling the pill) and Class 6 (in the case of the student accused of buying the pill) felony charges against the students as being “a little harsh.” A Class 3 felony conviction can result in 4-12 years of imprisonment and fines ranging from $3,000 to $750,000. Even a Class 6 felony conviction can result in more than a year imprisonment with possible fines up to $100,000.
Because what may seem as minor crimes can come with major penalties, individuals charged should consult with a criminal defense attorney prior to signing any plea agreements or discussing their situation with prosecuting attorneys or arresting officers. Criminal defense attorneys can prevent any misunderstandings as to the criminal process for individuals arrested, and can also make certain that charges are not disproportionate as compared to what actually occurred.
Here were talking about two young people attending college. Even assuming the allegations are true, a seemingly minor mistake could lead to a lifetime of consequences.
Source: Denver Post, “2 CU-Boulder students face felony drug charges over $5 sale of prescription pill,” by Mitchell Byars, March 20, 2013
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