A Criminal Trial Attorney, Protecting Your Rights in the State of Colorado

Drug Crimes

Drug offenses cover a broad range of crimes involving controlled substances including possession, sale, manufacturing and trafficking. Most major drug trafficking cases also involve asset forfeiture and money laundering charges.  The penalties for drug crimes run the gamut and, like most all crimes, depend on the specific facts and circumstances of the criminal case.

In general, the more serious the drug charge the more serious the penalty. However, even simple possession drug cases that involve not only a small amount of drugs, but also collateral or related charges, such as weapons charges or possession near protected zones (e.g. schools, parks) can result in very serious penalties.

In 1970, Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. This Act divides controlled substances into categories called "Schedules." There are five Schedules. The most addictive drugs deemed to have no medical value are Schedule I drugs. Then the scale slides down to Schedule V drugs which are not too addictive and have some medical value.

Mark Kraynak has defended clients charged with drug offenses involving nearly every kind of drug including:

  • Crack
  • Heroin
  • Ecstacy (MDMA)
  • LSD (Acid)
  • PCP
  • Crystal Meth (Ice)
  • Hashish
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana

If you face prison on drug charges, contact Denver Drug Charge Defense Attorney Mark E. Kraynak, Esq. Mr. Kraynak represents criminal defendants facing criminal charges in Denver and throughout Colorado for simple possession, possession with intent to distribute, drug trafficking, asset forfeiture and money laundering. Mark Kraynak will do battle with the police, the prosecutor, the judge, and anyone else who stands in the way of his clients life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article II, Section 7 of the Colorado Constitution, guarantee the right of people to be secure in their persons against "unreasonable seizures" by law enforcement authorities. The Fourth Amendment is a common defense in drug cases. Especially in a drug case, how law enforcement learned about the existence and location of the drugs and how the contraband was seized can be crucial to the defense. There is a large, well developed, interesting body of Fourth Amendment law that is often central and determinative in criminal drug cases. If the drugs, or any other evidence, were discovered or seized unlawfully in violation of the Fourth Amendment, then the evidence is suppressed – i.e. tossed out of court like it never even existed.

In a drug case, this usually means that the case is dismissed.

Any person charged with a drug crime needs an experienced criminal defense lawyer well-schooled in Fourth Amendment search and seizure law.

Mark Kraynak has been defending clients charged with drugs offenses and vigorously asserting Fourth Amendment legal defenses for more than 11 years.

For more information about illegal drugs and drug policy, visit the web sites listed below.

This website includes public policy issues, public opinion and other information about illegal drugs

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) website includes information about penalties for drug trafficking.



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Denver, CO 80205
Phone : 303.999.3900
Fax : 303.320.8578




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