Drug Offense Attorney in Richmond, VA
Defending Clients From Drug Possession Convictions And Penalties
Virginia takes drug possession very seriously, if in possession of illegal drugs, a person can be convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, facing fines and jail time. The McDougle Law Firm in Richmond recognizes the severity of these offenses, and the firm attempts to do everything possible to limit the negative effects a conviction can have on your life.
Drug possessions laws, especially marijuana conviction, can be difficult to navigate. That’s why you need an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process. Call Attorney Ryan today to discuss which way you can go from here.
Defining Drug Possession
A drug possession charge means that you hold drugs or drug paraphernalia on your person, in your residence, or even in your car. Drug possession also covers the sale, manufacture and trafficking of drugs. These could be illegal drugs or prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to you.
Penalties for Drug Possession
The penalties for drug possession usually depend on the weight of the drugs in your possession. The penalties for drug possession vary depending on the drugs you have in your possession. The following penalties highlight marijuana possession since that is the most common drug possession in Virginia.
If found with less than half an ounce of marijuana, you can be incarcerated for 30 days and fined a maximum of $500. For every subsequent offense, you can be incarcerated for one year with a maximum fine of $2,500. These are classified as a misdemeanor.
The other misdemeanor you can accrue is if you sell or possess with intent to sell paraphernalia. The consequence of this misdemeanor is one-year incarceration with a $2,500 fine.
Other consequences for marijuana possession are considered felonies under Virginia law. Felonies are more severe than misdemeanors and have to go through longer judicial processes, charging you more time and money.
The sale, manufacturing, or trafficking of marijuana results in felony offenses. The fines range from $1,000 for 5 pounds to 100 kilograns of marijuana to $1,000,000 for transporting more than 5 pounds of marijuana into the state. The incarceration time can be from a one-year mandatory minimum sentence to life in prison.
A Knowledgeable Lawyer Who Will Guide You
Navigating the judicial system can be stressful. With so many different scenarios and laws, you will find it expedites the process to hire a knowledgeable lawyer who can guide you through the process.
Our goal at the McDougle Law Firm, P.C. is to help you get through the processing of your fine as quickly and as painlessly as possible. We argue your case through the justice system, working toward a lighter sentencing for you.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, the McDougle Law Firm, P.C. represents those who face traffic violations from a simple speeding ticket to complex motor vehicle charges. Contact the McDougle Law Firm, P.C. online or call 888-337-9971 to schedule your initial consultation today
The McDougle Law Firm
11159 Air Park Road, Suite 1
Ashland, VA 23005