Two Montrose men were recently arrested on drug charges and gun theft. An August 4 Montrose Daily Press story states that one of the men, a 19-year-old, was arrested for intending to distribute marijuana near a school, which in this case was on college campus grounds. He was also accused of theft by receiving because he had in his possession a firearm his 21-year-old accomplice stole from a vehicle earlier in the week.
The 21-year-old accomplice was arrested and booked on suspicion of first-degree trespass, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and theft from a vehicle. He was arrested after a tip led officers on his trail, and he allegedly sold a different firearm to a police officer. He is being held on $5,000 bond. The 19-year-old is being held on $150,000 bond.
Both of these young men are facing serious jail time, especially the 19-year-old. He not only faces drug possession charges, but charges for the intent to sell marijuana on school grounds, which carries a stiffer penalty. His 21-year-old friend might not fare out much better, facing serious multiple charges of his own. A Colorado criminal defense attorney handling either of these cases would have his work cut out for him. The penalty for the gun theft alone depends on the value of the stolen guns.
The best these two guys could hope for is reduced charges, and their criminal defense attorney would do his best to make that happen. However, a good defense attorney will be upfront about their chances for a lenient sentence, as well as prepare them for the possibility of getting a maximum sentence.