Drug Offenses And Protecting Your Future

Virginia authorities take drug offenses seriously. Indeed, even relatively minor charges of possession can land an individual in jail and cost them thousands of dollars in court fees. Those convicted will find that the establishment of a criminal record restricts their ability to find suitable housing and employment. It is no overstatement to say that a drug charge can affect all areas of one's life.

We can help. At the Law Office of Scott N. Kazem, PLC, we are able to build the strongest possible defense for individuals facing drug-related criminal charges. We are skilled at reducing the potential penalties our clients face and, whenever possible, will seek an outright dismissal of the case. Based in Leesburg, we have successfully helped individuals throughout the region. We stand ready to help you, too.

Drug Penalties In Virginia

Even possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, or THC residue — among the most common charges — can lead to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine and a six-month driver's license suspension. That's for a first offense. For a second offense, the ramifications jump to a potential year behind bars and a $2,500 fine.

Generally speaking, penalties are tied to drug schedules, running from Schedule I to Schedule VI. For instance, Schedule I drugs are substances like LSD and heroin. Schedule II drugs include methamphetamine and cocaine. Higher schedules often include medical drugs that can be used properly, but that are still illegal when used without a prescription or when abused.

  • Schedule I and II possession: Class 5 felony, $2,500 fine, 10 years behind bars.
  • Schedule III possession: Class 1 misdemeanor, $2,500 fine, 12 months incarceration.
  • Schedule IV possession: Class 2 misdemeanor, $1,000 fine, six months in jail.
  • Schedule V possession: Class 3 misdemeanor, $500 fine.
  • Schedule VI possession: Class 4 misdemeanor, $250 fine.

Again, ramifications for trafficking and sales are less common and stricter than those for possession.

Understanding Your Options

You must know what options you have, and we can explain them to you, and help you chart the best path forward. Scott, our founding attorney, is an experienced, dedicated defense lawyer. He knows what is at stake. He is compassionate and personable, working closely with you to fight for the best possible outcome.

To set up a free and confidential initial consultation, just contact us online or call 571-252-7720.