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Driver faces drug charges following traffic stop for speeding

Many drivers are arrested and charged with drug-related crimes following a routine traffic stop. Virginia motorists who are facing drug charges after a search of their vehicle should be aware that their arrest might not have been lawful. If an officer arrests you unlawfully, it is likely that the charges against you will be dropped. In order for an arrest to be lawful, the officer must have had reasonable suspicion to pull you over and probable cause to search your vehicle.

Doctor facing drug charges for intent to distribute

Licensed medical doctors are legally permitted to prescribe certain medications to patients, providing that the prescriptions are warranted and based on a legitimate medical reason. A Virginia doctor recently had his medical license suspended by the state board of medicine after facing more than 700 drug charges.

Virginia bill addresses penalties for marijuana possession

Marijuana has been legalized in many states for both medicinal and recreational use. While the state of Virginia has yet to pull the trigger on decriminalizing marijuana, some lawmakers are trying to reduce the penalties for people who have been charged with marijuana possession for the first time.

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.

Rose McGowan faces drug charges in Virginia

Actress Rose McGowan has a warrant out for her arrest in relation to drug charges stemming from an incident at Virginia's Dulles Airport. The incident occurred when McGowan's luggage tested positive for narcotics, after she left her luggage on the plane.

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.

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