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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.

According to recent reports, eight Virginia residents were arrested and indicted on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges. These charges are supposedly related to an investigation that was being conducted on a heroine trafficking conspiracy. Based on reports, these charges resulted from a two-year joint investigation among the DEA, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Virginia State Police and other local law enforcement agencies.

Many of the accused offenders currently face charges such as the conspiracy to distribute heroine, fentanyl, distribution of heroine and fentanyl, maintaining a drug involved premises and the possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. These drug crimes are serious and could carry severe penalties. Thus, it is crucial that defendants understand the details of the crimes they face, what evidence is being used against them and what defense strategies they could use to reduce or dismiss the charges against them.

In a major or long-term criminal investigation, defendants should consider the possibility of flaws and mistakes made during investigation and the collection of evidence. If evidence is not properly collected or a search warrant is not properly executed, this could give cause to challenge evidence, helping a defendant suppress evidence against them.

No matter the type of charge a defendant faces, it is important to note the rights afforded to those accused of a crime. Asserting a strong and aggressive defense could help a defendant reduce the impact a criminal charge could have on their life by reducing or dismissing the charges against them.

Source:, "Caroline man among 8 indicted on federal drug and firearms charges," Vernon Freeman Jr. and Jon Burkett, June 29, 2017

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