Drug offenses are taken seriously in Virginia. Depending on the type of substance and the circumstances surrounding the criminal incident, a drug offense can range from a felony to a misdemeanor. Possession of a controlled substance is a relatively common charge in Virginia, and the penalties for these offenses vary widely depending on the amount and type of substance involved. At Randall Page, P.C., our skilled attorneys have extensive experience helping clients in and around the Courtland, Suffolk, Emporia, and Lawrenceville areas. Our Virginia criminal defense attorneys will investigate every aspect of the charges against you so we can formulate a solid defense on your behalf.
When we turn to Virginia Code 18.2-250, we can see that it is unlawful for a person to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance without a prescription. However, as most people understand, there are a wide variety of controlled substances that are illegal to possess throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The charges and penalties associated with drug possession depend on the classification of the controlled substance a person is found with. Here, we want to list the different schedules of drugs and some of the types of substances within each schedule:
Additionally, a person could face drug possession charges if they are found to be in possession of a prescription medication that is not theirs. It is not uncommon for a person to be given a prescription medication by a friend or family member and then face charges if they are stopped by law enforcement officials.
The criminal charges and penalties for drug possession in Virginia will depend on a variety of factors, including the following:
Here, we will list the maximum penalty associated with the various schedules of drugs mentioned above:
If you or a loved one are facing possession charges in or around the Emporia, Suffolk, Courtland, or Lawrenceville areas, please seek assistance from Randall Page, P.C. today. Our dedicated and experienced team will get to work on your behalf immediately. Our goal is to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether by conducting a thorough investigation into the incident and formulating the best defense strategy possible. When you need a Virginia possession defense attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 757-517-8956.