A significant number of people arrested for crimes committed within Denver test positive for drugs, alcohol or both at the time of the crime. Such a vast amount of drug and alcohol abuse negatively affects the quality of our life.
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has devoted significant resources to a specialized Drug Unit to help fight this problem. This unit is comprised of five attorneys, an investigator and two legal secretaries. They work under the supervision of a Chief Deputy District Attorney and work closely with the Denver Police Department and the Denver Drug Court, using aggressive, fast-track prosecution, tightly supervised treatment of offenders and immediate punishment for non-compliance.
Felony drug crimes which do not involve other contemporaneous crimes like assault, burglary, etc. are screened for charging and prosecution by attorneys in the Drug Unit.
In many cases, substance-abusing offenders may be eligible for Denver’s Drug Court, a specialized court working with the Drug Unit which aims to force offenders to deal their individual substance abuse problems.
The Drug Unit works with a variety of other resources, such as uniformed community policing officers, narcotics detectives and neighborhood action groups to best fit the needs of the community.
The Denver DA’s Office also supports and participates in the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.