Virginia Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs

Virginia Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs
While prescription drugs are not generally considered the same as street drugs, you will still face harsh penalties if convicted of illegal possession of prescription drugs in Virginia. Possessing controlled substances or procuring prescribed drugs through deceit, fraud, or misrepresentation could lead to incarceration, fines, community service, and expensive fines. If you have recently been arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs in Virginia, you should immediately contact an experienced drug defense attorney in order to defend the charges against you.

You may be charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs if found with hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet), morphine, opium, benzodiazepines (Valium), methylphenidates (Adderal), or amphetamines.

If you are found with any prescription medications in your possession, but lack a current prescription in your own name or have a prescription that is found to be false, you might be charged with illegal possession. If the drugs are a relatively small amount, you may be charged with “simple possession”; however, with a larger amount, you could be charged with “possession with intent to sell or distribute.”

If charged with simple possession, you could be sentenced to jail time and fines. In some cases, a first offender may be eligible to complete a drug diversion program in lieu of jail time. Repeat offenders can expect harsher penalties, such as increased jail time and fines.

If charged with intent to distribute, you can be charged with a felony, which could lead to prison time and larger fines.

You should consider hiring an experienced Virginia drug defense attorney if facing illegal possession of prescription drugs. In some drug cases, an arresting officer may cut corners in order to gather evidence. If the search and seizure were illegal, your attorney may file a motion in order to dismiss the evidence.

If you were mistakenly charged with illegal possession because the prescriptions were found in your vehicle or property, your attorney may argue that you are not guilty of illegal possession because you were not using the drugs. Because the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of illegal possession, this defense strategy might be successful in winning your case.

Don’t let a charge of illegal possession of prescription medication charge affect the rest of your life — speak to the experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson to protect your rights and formulate your best defense. We offer a free initial consultation to review the facts of your case and will do everything in our power to ensure the best possible outcome for you.


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