Newport News Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
Defending You against Drug Charges in Virginia
The state of Virginia takes a tough stance on drug crimes. While the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana is trending in many states, Virginia still prohibits its possession along with other controlled substances based on its drug schedule. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a drug arrest could be charged as a misdemeanor or felony and carry a variety of penalties.
Enlisting the services of a skilled defense attorney is imperative if you wish to achieve the best possible case result. Call Ehrenworth Law, PLLC for sound legal counsel and effective defense strategies from a Newport News drug crime defense attorney with more than 20 years of criminal law experience.
Facts about Drug Crimes
Virginia’s drug schedule ranges from Schedule I or II, which include such drugs as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, to Schedule VI substances such as inhalants. Possession of Schedule I or II drugs is charged as a class five felony with penalties of two to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $2,500. Those with prior convictions will face steeper penalties.
Marijuana possession is charged as follows:
- Under ½ ounce is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $500
- More than ½ ounce may be charged as intent to distribute, a felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500
Subsequent convictions will carry steeper penalties.
Other Drug Crimes
Other, more serious drug crimes are punished more severely. First offenders, however, may be eligible for drug treatment court that involves treatment or education, community service, employment, and other court-ordered requirements.
- Prescription fraud
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Cultivation or manufacture
- Sales and distribution
- Distributing to minors
- Distributing in certain areas, such as near schools, daycare facilities, or school buses
- Transporting drugs into the state
Retain the Services of a Skilled Defense Lawyer
In the face of any state or federal drug crime, retaining the services of a skilled defense attorney should be your first priority. At Ehrenworth Law, PLLC, we have worked on countless criminal cases involving every type of drug crime. Take advantage of our experience, skills, and commitment to providing you with an aggressive defense by calling our firm today.
You can reach us at (757) 663-4477.
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With a legal career spanning more than 20 years, Attorney Ehrenworth has earned a reputation for providing aggressive advocacy on behalf of his clients. Our firm has handled thousands of cases, and we have helped many clients to secure favorable outcomes for their future. Read more about what clients of Ehrenworth Law, PLLC have to say about our representation. We are committed to ensuring you get the best possible result for your situation, and we are prepared to do everything we can to help you preserve your interests. Call today.