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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.

Helping you initiate a defense against drug charges

Facing criminal charges is never easy for the accused offender. With regards to drug crimes, defendants may not fully under the severity of the charge. Depending on the drug type, the quantity the suspect is accused of possessing and what act he or she purportedly did, a defendant could be facing felony charges that carry with it harsh penalties. No matter the severity of the drug crime, however, the accused should take steps to fully understand their situation and available options.

We can help Virginians with state or federal drug charges

A resident of Fairfax, Virginia never wants to be facing a drug charge in either state or federal court or even see a son, daughter or other family member having to go through such an ordeal. All drug charges should be taken seriously, since they all carry with them the possibility of jail or prison, fines, license suspensions and strict terms of probations including mandatory counseling at a citizen's personal expense.

Drug charges for sale or manufacture in certain locations

Drug charges in Virginia can vary in severity and hinge on certain factors. One issue that should be considered when there is an arrest related to drugs is the location where the drugs were sold or manufactured. The serious consequences that accompany any drug arrest can be worse if the incident occurs in a certain area. Understanding this is a key factor in crafting a defense.

Man charged with weapons and drug offenses in Virginia

Drug charges can lead to significant penalties in Virginia if there is a conviction. These drug offenses can range from possession for the individual's own use to heftier charges linked to drug distribution. Often, charges related to drugs can expand into a multitude of other allegations with violence and more. Regardless of the circumstances, those who are arrested on charges for drugs need to be fully cognizant of the punishments they will face and do whatever they can to avoid them. Having legal assistance with crafting a defense is the first step.

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