Contesting Drug Law Charges in the Fredericksburg, Virginia Area with Determination and Knowledge
Find the right legal professional to handle your case when controlled substances or other drugs are involved
A conviction for drug-related criminal conduct can stay with you for years, remaining on your record, complicating your life and leading to the loss of opportunities and benefits available to others. Unfortunately, serving time and paying fines is not the only price you pay. If you are charged with a drug crime, you need to mount a vigorous defense aided by an attorney skilled in handling such matters. Any drug charge is serious, even if you are not a drug dealer. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services reports that there were more than 9,200 drug arrests in Virginia during the first quarter of 2012 and more than 35,000 drug-related arrests in 2011. At Woodbridge & Coleman, P.C. Attorneys at Law we provide passionate defense for those charged with drug crimes, including:
- Possession. The possession of any controlled substance without a prescription is a crime. Upon conviction, potential jail or prison times are determined based upon the type of controlled s ubstance involved. Incarceration can be up to 10 years for possession of certain substances. For example, a second or subsequent possession charge for marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
- Distribution or trafficking. Except for persons authorized under the Virginia Drug Control Act, it is a crime to sell, give or distribute controlled substances. You can be charged with distributing drugs even if you do not get paid for doing so. The penalties for trafficking in drugs can be severe, even for first-time offenses.
- Possession with intent to distribute. It is a crime in Virginia to possess drugs with the intent to distribute them. The penalties for possession with the intent to distribute are more severe than the penalties for possession.
Manufacturing controlled substances is also a crime and can result in significant fines and prison time. The number of controlled substances which may give rise to possession, distribution, manufacturing and other drug crime charges is considerable. The list includes prescription drugs, cocaine, meth and heroin. Drug charges often result when vehicles are stopped and drunk driving is a factor. Drugs may be found in a vehicle or on passengers during traffic stops. At Woodbridge & Coleman, P.C. Attorneys at Law we know how to defend clients charged with DUI who are also facing drug crime charges.
Contact criminal defense attorneys who handle drug crimes in Fredericksburg, Virginia
At Woodbridge & Coleman, P.C. Attorneys at Law we defend people charged with possession, distribution and manufacture of illegal drugs. A free consultation is provided for criminal cases. We are located in downtown Fredericksburg, near the court houses. Contact us online or call us at 540-373-5300. We serve clients throughout the city of Fredericksburg and Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Prince William, Fairfax, Culpeper, Westmoreland and Hanover counties.