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Defending Against Drug Crime Charges in Virginia

When facing drug-related charges, the legal landscape can be daunting and complex. At King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell, we are devoted to providing experienced and aggressive legal representation for individuals who find themselves entangled in drug crime allegations. Our drug crime attorneys in Leesburg are here to advocate for your rights and fight for your future.

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What is Considered a Drug Crime?

Drug crimes encompass a broad range of offenses involving controlled substances. These offenses can include:

  • Possession: Unauthorized possession of controlled substances, including illegal drugs or prescription medications, without having a valid prescription.
  • Distribution: The sale, delivery, or transportation of controlled substances with the intent to distribute.
  • Manufacturing: The cultivation, production, or creation of illegal drugs or controlled substances.
  • Trafficking: The illegal transportation of drugs across state lines or in large quantities.
  • Prescription Fraud: Falsifying or using fraudulent prescriptions to obtain prescription drugs.
  • Conspiracy: Participating in an agreement or plan to commit drug-related offenses.

What Are the Penalties for Drug Crimes in Virginia?

The penalties for drug crimes in Virginia can be very severe and differ depending on the type of drug, the quantity involved, and the case's specific circumstances. Common penalties include:

  • Fines: Convictions for drug crimes can lead to substantial fines, placing a significant financial burden on the accused.
  • Imprisonment: Drug crime convictions often result in incarceration, ranging from months to years or even decades, depending on the severity of the offense.
  • Probation: In some cases, individuals may be placed on probation, which requires compliance with specific terms and conditions, such as drug testing and regular check-ins.
  • Driver's License Suspension: A drug conviction can result in a driver's license suspension, impacting your ability to commute and maintain employment.
  • Criminal Record: A drug conviction can leave a lasting mark on your criminal record, affecting employment prospects, housing opportunities, and more.
  • Federal Charges: In cases involving large quantities of drugs or interstate trafficking, federal charges may apply, leading to even more severe penalties.

Defenses Against Drug Crime Charges

Some potential defenses against drug crime charges may include:

  • Illegal Search and Seizure: Any evidence received may be inadmissible in court if law enforcement performed an unlawful search or seizure.
  • Lack of Intent: Prosecutors must prove you intend to commit a drug crime. A strong defense may challenge this element.
  • Chain of Custody Issues: If there are discrepancies in the evidence handling, it could weaken the prosecution's case.
  • Entrapment: If law enforcement induced you to commit a crime you wouldn't have otherwise committed, entrapment may be a valid defense.
  • Medical Necessity: In some cases, the use or possession of controlled substances may be justified for medical reasons.
  • Miranda Rights Violation: If you were not properly informed of your Miranda rights during arrest, your statements may be inadmissible.


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