Virginia Marijuana Possession

Virginia Marijuana Possession
While most people know that a Virginia marijuana possession charge can lead to possible jail time and fines, many are unaware that you could lose your license if convicted of this crime. If you are currently facing a possession of marijuana charge in Virginia, you need an experienced drug defense attorney at your side. A skilled attorney can help you build a solid defense to avoid the most negative repercussions of a Virginia drug charge.

Although marijuana is not classified as a “hard” drug, the penalties for possession are still serious. If charged with “simple possession,” which means you had a small amount for personal consumption, you could be charged with a misdemeanor offense. The penalties for a first-time simple possession of marijuana offense could include a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Repeat marijuana possession offenders could be sentenced to up to 12 months in jail. You could also be subject to a driver’s license suspension, even if you were not driving when arrested for possession.

If you are arrested with a large amount of marijuana in your possession, you could potentially be charged with “intent to sell or distribute.” Virginia considers this a serious crime, and the penalties include prison time, probation, and expensive fines.

It may be tempting to go ahead and plead guilty to a marijuana possession charge because it is the path of least resistance. However, the consequences of having a drug-related conviction on your record last far longer than most people normally expect. A conviction could mean that every time you apply for a job, apply for housing, or even apply for a credit card or simple loan, third parties may see the criminal charges on your background check.

Thankfully, there is an alternative. An experienced drug defense attorney will review the circumstances surrounding your arrest to determine if the search and seizure was even legal. If the circumstances of your arrest lacked probable cause, “evidence” discovered during illegal search may be absolutely inadmissible in court.

In many other cases, a respected and successful attorney can establish a favorable plea deal with the prosecution in order to reduce your charges and penalties. Most prosecutors prefer to minimize their risk of failure. If your defense appears rock solid or they fear that they won’t be able to bring a conviction at jury trial, they are likely to bargain in a way that helps you.

The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson represents clients who have been charged with marijuana possession in Virginia. Our goal is to have your charges minimized -- or dropped entirely -- so that your life and livelihood isn’t negatively affected by a drug-related conviction. For a free case evaluation, please contact our firm today. We want to hear from you because we care about helping you.

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