Drug possession is considered a serious crime and the penalties can be extremely heavy, depending on the substance and how much of it is alleged to have been found in your possession. The laws governing drug offenses are notoriously harsh in the state of Virginia, so if you have been accused of possessing drugs, you should retain an experienced, aggressive and successful Virginia Beach drug crime attorney to take action to help you to fight back against the charges.
At McCormack & McCormack, we have worked on criminal defense cases since 1982, and our attorneys have additional experience in the U.S. Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps defending military men and women. We have the discipline, skills and dedication to seek out the most effective defense for you. Contact us today!
The penalties for drug possession vary and can range from a misdemeanor charge with a $500 and up to 30 days in jail, to a very serious class 5 felony with a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in jail. The penalties are classified in a schedule system that rates each drug from lowest to highest. Schedule VI drugs include codeine-based cough medicines, and the charges filed could be a class 3 misdemeanor with fines of up to $500.
Many prescription drugs, such as the following, are classified as Schedule IV and could be charged as a class 2 misdemeanor with penalties up to 6 months in jail, plus fines of up to $1,000:
The most potent drugs that are considered by Virginia lawmakers as being the most dangerous to society, including heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD and GHB are classified as Schedule I and crimes involving these substances are filed as a class 5 felony with penalties up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $2,500.
In Virginia Beach, there are ever-increasing numbers of cases involving prescription medications. Whether your charge is related to possession of marijuana, prescription drugs, meth, or other drug, the most critical issue to resolve is your legal representation. It is essential that you have the most qualified criminal defense lawyer you can find to represent you, both in court and in negotiations with the prosecutor. We are here to help you fight back.
If you are facing any type of drug possession charges, call our office right away to get the defense you need. We are more than capable of fighting your criminal charges, no matter how serious it appears now. Your case may have such serious errors that it could be dismissed, the charges reduced, or alternatives to jail time pursued.