Virginia Possession of a Controlled Substance

Virginia Possession of a Controlled Substance
If a person has illegal drugs or prescription medication on his or her person or property, he or she may be charged with possession of a controlled substance. Examples of controlled substances include marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD, heroin, or prescription medications obtained through fraudulent means. The penalties for possession of a controlled substance in Virginia include jail time, parole, probation, and community service. If you have recently been charged with possession, you should speak to a Virginia drug defense attorney as soon as possible in order to begin our defense.

The type of charge and penalties you face often depend on the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred, as well as the type and quantity of drug, and whether there have been prior convictions. If you are found with a small amount of a controlled substance, you could be charged with simple possession. In some cases, the court may suspend a first-time offender’s jail sentence if he or she completes a drug diversion program and undergoes random drug testing. Repeat offenders could face harsher sentences.

If you are found with a large amount of a controlled substance, you could be charged with “possession with intent to sell or distribute” or even drug trafficking charges. These are classified as felony offenses, and could result in a prison sentence as well as expensive fines. Convicted felons also face difficulties with employment and housing and are prohibited from voting or owning a firearm.

When deciding whether or not to hire an attorney to help you fight your possession charges, consider this: the average sentence for a drug charge in Virginia include $1500 to $2500 in fines, 7 to 16 years in jail, and 5 years of probation. A skilled drug defense attorney could help get the charges against you reduced or even dropped entirely.

The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson helps clients who have been accused of possession of a controlled substance in Virginia. We know that having this charge on your record can affect the rest of your life, and will fight to uphold your rights. Our attorneys will carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your case in order to find information that can help you.

For a free consultation, please contact The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson today.


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