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Defending Against Drug Violations

Washington, D.C., and some states are taking steps to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, but Virginia is not one of them. The judges and juries in most counties take a dim view on those facing drug charges and this includes Warrant County. A criminal defense attorney with a strong background in defending drug charges can be a tremendous asset if you or a loved one faces possession of marijuana or other drugs, distribution, cultivation or manufacturing charges.

The attorneys at Northern Valley Law, understand what is at stake when you face drug charges. Not only can you end up in jail and need to pay large fines, but your professional reputation or accreditation, future job prospects or even educational opportunities will also be in jeopardy. We sit down, listen to the details of the case and conduct our own line of inquiry to build the strongest defense possible against your drug charges.

Drug Charges We Often Handle

The details involving the amount and type of drugs as well as the criminal history of the individual charged can affect sentencing.

  • Marijuana possession: Not classified as a controlled substance, marijuana can still lead to illegal possession charges. Less than two ounces is a Class 1 misdemeanor that may include $500 fine and/or 30 days in jail for a first-time offender. It can go up substantially from there.
  • Opiates, prescription, meth and other drugs: This charge can go up to a Class 5 felony (which carries a potential 10 years in prison and $2,500 in fines). In light of increased use of these kinds of drugs, law enforcement has stepped up its pursuit of conviction for these drugs and quickly enacting new laws.
  • Paraphernalia: Possession of equipment for using, growing or manufacturing illegal drugs can be a misdemeanor with a possible fine of $2,500. Gear for a manufacturing facility can lead to greater fines or jail time.
  • OWI: With the rise of illegal prescription drugs and opioid use, we often handle this charge for drivers.

We Protect Your Future

Contact us today if you are facing drug charges, even lesser ones. It is always in your best interest to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to reduce or dismiss your drug charges. There may even be other alternatives to jail that we can explore as an option. Call our office in Front Royal at 540-227-0069 or contact us online to hear how we can help ensure that one bad mistake does not put your future in jeopardy.