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Our attorneys can defend you against drug charges

Facing drug charges can be one of the most difficult things you ever have to do. If you are convicted, you could face a number of legal consequences, including jail time, court-ordered counseling, license suspension, and probation. In addition to the legal penalties, you may also face personal difficulties as a result of your charges. Even people with minor drug offenses on their record may find it difficult to find or keep a job, get custody of their children, or maintain a good reputation in their communities.

License suspension not automatic with marijuana charge

In the past, people that were convicted of possession of marijuana in the commonwealth of Virginia would automatically lose their driver's license for six months as part of their sentence. Now, Virginia residents who are facing drug possession charges for marijuana may be able to keep their license.

Three men face drug charges after traffic stop in Virginia

Traffic stops, no matter how simple the offense, could lead to additional charges. If authorities suspect that something else might be going on with a driver or the vehicle occupants, officers will conduct further investigation to establish probable cause to collect evidence. However, if these steps do not fall within normal protocols, this could tarnish the reliability of the collected evidence. This is true even if authorities uncover drugs in the vehicle, resulting drug charges.

What defenses are available for drug possession charges?

Drug charges are considered to be some of the most serious charges. This is especially true if an accused offender is charged with a felony drug crime or has a history of drug charges. However, drug charges are not simple and straightforward. There are sometimes explanations for having a certain drug on your person or it might be possible that the drugs are not yours and you had no idea they were placed in your vehicle or home by another party. Because there can be a wide variety of explanations, it is important for defendants to note their defense options.

Virginia task force arrests 50 suspects for drug-related charges

Being suspected of a crime is a serious matter and should be treated as such. When a person is charged with a crime, the focus often remains on the potential penalties he or she might face. A defendant might also contend his or her innocence. However, it might be unclear at this time exactly how this could be proven. It is an emotional and overwhelming time. Thus, it is important to be aware of the situation and what rights and options are available to an accused offender.

Helping you assert a strong defense against drug charges

Much like many unfortunate events in life, most individuals in Virginia do not expect to face criminal charges. No matter what circumstances led an individual into this predicament, it is important to understand that there are mechanisms to work through it. By initiating a criminal defense immediately, those accused of drug crimes can challenge the allegations. This could help question the evidence used against them, assisting with the reduction or dismissal of charges.

Eight men indicted on drug trafficking conspiracy charges

Facing criminal charges can be a difficult time for individuals in Virginia and other states. This situation can become further complex and emotional when multiple people are charged at the same time for the same offense. Having co-defendants can sometimes complicate the process, especially if someone chooses to provide details and information about the supposed crime. Thus, it is important to understand your criminal defense options no matter what charges you face or how severe the penalties might be.

Two Virginia Beach men arrested for selling drugs and guns

Being accused of a crime, no matter the severity, can substantially impact the accused person's life. Allegations alone have the tendency to negatively impact the personal and professional reputation of the accused. Therefore, it is imperative that accused offenders of drug crimes take the time to understand the charges against them and what actions they can take to reduce the consequences of the charges.

What are the different types of drug crimes?

Virginia residents are likely aware that both state and federal laws cover crimes related to drugs. While state laws are narrower, so long as they do not conflict with current federal laws, federal drug laws have the tendency to result in more severe penalties. No matter the type of drug charge you are faced with, it is important to understand the elements of the crime, the details of your charge, the potential consequences and possible defenses.

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