Virginia Drug Laws

In Virginia, a person may be charged with drug possession if they have any quantity of drugs in their possession. The penalties for drug possession vary by the type and amount of drug possessed and the jurisdiction where the accused was arrested. A person in Virginia can be charged with a crime merely for possessing drug-related paraphernalia. If you have recently been arrested and charged with Virginia drug possession, an attorney with experience in defending clients in such matters is critically important to your future.

Virginia drug laws are extremely tough. These strict laws were developed to deter people from using drugs and to reduce the amount of people who consume illegal substances.  Repeat offenders and drug dealers can expect severe sentences if convicted of a drug-related crime.

Illegal drugs include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, meth, LSD, and Ecstasy. A person may also be charged with Virginia drug possession if he or she has prescription medications that were prescribed to someone else. The law also punishes a person who has supplies or chemicals in his or her possession that can be used to manufacture drugs. For example, a person caught with marijuana plant seeds could be charged with possession.

A drug possession charge can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the circumstances involved and the location where the crime occurred. If a person is caught with a small amount of drugs, he or she may be charged with simple possession. However, a person caught with a large amount of drugs may be charged with “possession with intent to distribute”— a far more serious crime, which can lead to even more substantial prison time. Additional penalties for a drug-related conviction include expensive fines, community service, and probation.

The effects of a Virginia drug possession charge can linger long after the sentence has been served. A person with a drug offense on their record may have continual difficulties finding employment and housing or finding approval for a simple loan. 

If you or someone you love is facing drug possession in Virginia, the experienced drug defense attorneys at The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson can help you. They are experienced experts in carefully crafting a tailored defense to secure the best possible for their clients.

To learn more about how the firm can help you during your own difficult time -- and to receive a free case evaluation -- please contact us today. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


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