Drug Defense Attorney Fairfax
Whether you are currently under investigation for a drug crime or have already been arrested, it is imperative to retain a skilled and experienced attorney to defend you. Virginia police and prosecutors are some of the most aggressive in the nation. You need an attorney who can provide you with equally aggressive representation.
Drug crimes involve various criminal offenses relating to illegal street drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and prescription drugs such as Ritalin, Percocet, Vicodin, and Oxycontin. Offenses include unlawful possession, sale, distribution, manufacturing, or transportation of an illegal drug. These charges are serious and conviction could lead to incarceration, fines, probation, and a life-altering criminal record that would have a detrimental impact on a person’s eligibility for jobs, housing, educational and financial opportunities.
In a drug possession case, the prosecutor must prove “knowing or intentional” possession of a controlled substance. The definition of “knowing or intentional” is very vague and complex. An experienced drug defense lawyer will use the knowledge accumulated over years of practice to analyze your case and advise you accordingly.
The type of drug and amount are two of the factors that dictate the penalty in a possession case. For example, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor and a first offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 and not more than 30 days in jail, while a second or subsequent offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2500 and maximum of 12 months in jail.
On the other hand, possession of cocaine is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $2500 fine and illegal possession of many prescription drugs is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine.
Large quantities of drugs, baggies, scales, and cash generally lead to additional charges of distribution and/or manufacturing with much harsher penalties. Similarly, a significant criminal record could lead to harsher penalties in felony cases. Our firm has achieved excellent results in these types of cases. Call us for a consultation and we will provide you with evidence of a very successful track record in these cases.