There are many serious charges in the Commonwealth. Including:
- Possession of Marijuana
- Drug Manufacturing
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Drug Distribution
Drug crimes may carry a large range of penalties and depend on a number of factors, including:
- Type of Drugs Involved
- Quantity of Substance
- Weapons Involved
- Prior Convictions
You need an experienced criminal attorney to help you if you are charged with a drug crime. There are many possible defenses to drug crimes which may include constructive possession, lack of probable cause, illegal search/seizure, and others. Drug crimes may carry significant fines and jail time, including mandatory minimums for certain offenses. Call today for your free consultation.
Possession of Marijuana
If you are charged with possession of marijuana, first offense, you may qualify for the first time offender program, also called the “251” program. Under 18.2-250.1, you may be required to complete community service and give up your license for 6 months in exchange for an eventual dismissal. Though this may sound like a good option, an experienced defense attorney knows that this is always a last resort. The 251 program can be onerous and does not allow for the charge to ever be expunged, even if the program is successfully completed.
Possession of marijuana requires the Commonwealth to prove that the substance was marijuana and that the defendant knowingly possessed it. Consult with an experienced defense attorney before making a decision. There are many possible defenses to marijuana crimes and a competent attorney can assess the individual factors of your case and determine the best possible strategy. Call today for your free consultation.
Larceny is a serious criminal charge in Virginia and can be charged as a misdemeanor (petit larceny) or a felony (grand larceny) depending on the value of the stolen goods. Both charges carry the possibility of jail time and substantial fines. If you are convicted of stealing goods worth more than $200, you may be facing up to 20 years in jail. A conviction may also make it harder to find employment or to keep a security clearance for an existing position.
Larceny requires the Commonwealth to prove multiple elements beyond a reasonable doubt and an experienced criminal attorney can advocate on your behalf and negotiate the best deal possible or take the case to trial. Call today for your free consultation.
Assault and Battery
A simple streetfight may not seem like a big problem, but if you are charged with assault and battery you may face misdemeanor or felony charges as well as substantial fines, jail time and other serious consequences. We are experienced criminal attorneys and, in addition to assault and battery, can defend you from the following charges:
- Malicious and unlawful wounding
- Disorderly conduct
- Assault on a law enforcement officer
- Assault on a family member
Violence charges require an experienced attorney to protect you from the severe penalties that may result from a conviction including an inability to apply for certain jobs and maintain a security clearance. Many complicated defenses exist and a competent attorney can help you decide on the best strategy for your case. Call today for your free consultation.