Drug possession penalties can be quite serious, depending on several factors at the time of your arrest. If you, someone in your family, or even a friend, are accused of possessing drugs, your best opportunity for a favorable outcome is through the experience and aggressive defense of a Virginia drug possession lawyer.
The nature of your drug possession defense, and the options available to your Virginia drug lawyer, depend on the nature of the charge and specifics facts and circumstances of your case. The charge itself is determined by the following factors:
The least severe classification is Schedule V drugs. Conversely, schedule I drugs, such as heroin, ecstasy, and meth, are considered to have a high potential for abuse with no justifiable medical application.
The penalties for simple drug possession vary and can range from a misdemeanor charge with a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense marijuana charge to a very serious class 5 felony with as many as 10 years in prison for a Schedule I/II controlled substance. The penalties hinge on the above-mentioned ”schedule system,” which rates each controlled substance.
Whether your charge is related to possession of marijuana, prescription drugs, meth, or other drugs, you should have an experienced drug possession attorney in Virginia, with whom you feel confident and comfortable, to represent you.
Your attorney can help during the Commonwealth’s investigation prior to arrest or after the arrest is made. Negotiations with aggressive prosecutors can help to reduce your charges, your exposure to harsh penalties, and representation in court if a trial proves necessary.
Our law firm’s Virginia drug possession lawyers have the experience you need to limit the damage to your criminal record, your future, and your freedom.
There are a variety of very strong defenses that might be available to your lawyer, which will become apparent as the investigation of the charges unfold, and weaknesses are identified in the prosecution’s case. Were you the victim of an illegal search? Did the police violate your constitutional rights in any way? Were the drugs even yours?
Our proactive defense approach may be just what you need in order to deal with drug possession charges in Virginia, and you’ll know soon enough at your free case evaluation, where we’ll spell everything so that you can make the right decision about representation. Call today.
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