Building A Strong Defense Against Drug Offenses
The Commonwealth of Virginia takes drug offenses seriously. A conviction for possession of even a small amount of a controlled substance can result in significant fines and a jail sentence, along with a criminal record that can follow you for life. If you are facing drug charges, it is important to protect your rights and your future with the help of experienced legal counsel.
When you come to Lenox Law, you will get the benefits that come with more than 25 years of legal experience and nonjudgmental representation that is designed to help minimize the potentially harsh consequences of a drug charge.
Drug Possession And Other Drug Charges
My representation of numerous people in the state and federal courts of northern Virginia has covered a full array of drug offenses:
- Marijuana charges — Pot is not legalized in Virginia, and it is not a “slap on the wrist” offense, especially for a large quantity.
- Possession of a controlled substance — It is a felony to possess any amount of cocaine, heroin, meth or other street drugs.
- Prescription drugs — It is illegal to possess or sell prescription painkillers (such as Oxycontin) or other prescription-only medications.
- Intent to distribute — These charges are based chiefly on quantity, rather than direct evidence of dealing.
- Drug trafficking — These very serious charges are based primarily on a large quantity of drugs.
The charges you face and the potential penalties depend on several factors: the specific drug, the amount, prior drug convictions, and supporting evidence of distribution such as baggies, scales or stacks of cash. Carrying a firearm or conducting drug transactions near a school can also enhance the penalties for drug crimes.
Defending Drug Crime Allegations
Being arrested for possessing a small amount of drugs for personal use is quite different from being charged with drug distribution or drug trafficking. But all drug charges should be taken seriously. There may be mandatory minimum prison time upon conviction, and a felony record will be a barrier to employment for years to come. You can also lose your firearm rights, voting rights and other freedoms. Whatever charges you are facing, you have constitutional rights, and it is my job to protect those rights.
Drug crime defense often centers on the circumstances leading up to your arrest. My first step in a case involves thoroughly reviewing the evidence to determine if law enforcement overstepped or infringed on your rights. Perhaps police failed to obtain a warrant to search your home or car. Perhaps the police did not have probable cause for a traffic stop. You can rest assured that my work involves using every tool at my disposal to help get your charges dismissed or reduced. You may also qualify for programs available to first-time offenders for non-violent drug crimes. If we cannot resolve the charges, you have a trial-ready attorney who will fight for you in the courtroom.
Contact Me Today For Strong Legal Help
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug-related offense, call my law office in Manassas at 703-997-1600. You may also contact me online to schedule your free consultation.