If you have been charged with a drug crime in Virginia, you probably have many questions about what will happen next. Will you be facing misdemeanor or felony charges? Will you be facing jail time? Will you be in danger of losing your job?
Drug crimes are harshly prosecuted in Virginia and can result in serious penalties. If you or someone you know is seeking a skilled criminal defense lawyer in Richmond, do not delay in contacting Del Rio Law, PLLC. Our knowledgeable attorney knows how to prepare a strong defense against all types of drug charges and is prepared to review your case now.
According to VA code §18.2-250, it is unlawful to possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription from a licensed medical practitioner.
A class 5 felony, the most serious drug possession charge, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
Marijuana is considered a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Individuals who are found to be in possession of marijuana could be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Those facing a subsequence offense will face increased penalties, including up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
Selling marijuana is also unlawful in Virginia. Sale of half an ounce of marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanor, with sale of five pounds or more considered a Class 5 felony – an offense which could result in between five and 30 years in prison. Selling marijuana within 1,000 of a school comes with even harsher punishments.
Del Rio Law, PLLC has years of experience fighting for the rights of the accused. No matter what type of drug charge you are facing, we have what it takes to protect your Constitutional rights and safeguard your future. When you choose our firm, we will thoroughly examine your case, help you understand your options, and guide you through the entire process from start to finish.