Virginia Beach law enforcement is cracking down on the spread of illegal drugs in our community, and anyone who is arrested for the crime of drug distribution will be confronted with aggressive prosecution. Section 18.2-248 of the Virginia Code describes the specific penalties available to the court in punishing both distribution and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
For drugs that have been included in Schedule I or II of the Controlled Substances Act, such as heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, Ritalin, and crystal meth, the penalty for distribution is between 5 and 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. You will also have a criminal record that can make it difficult to pass a background check for employment in the future, seriously limiting your opportunities.
There are several effective criminal defense strategies that may come into play during your case. Your Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney can examine the circumstances of the investigation against you and the arrest to determine if your constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure were violated.
If the arresting officer did not have probable cause or a search warrant, as is common in arrests for drug offenses, your Fifth Amendment rights may lead to the case being dropped. It may also be possible to prove your innocence, through a lack of evidence against you or other factors. After an in depth consultation, your Virginia Beach drug crime attorney will help you find the best approach for fighting the charges.
When you have been charged with distribution of drugs, the most important thing you can do is to speak with a Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney. The lead attorney at JRLaw PLC worked for 15 years as a police officer, and at our firm we do not recommend speaking about your case to investigators without the presence of your legal counsel.
Any statement you make can potentially be used to build the evidence against you. We strongly believe in obtaining justice for the accused, and we will fight to defend your rights anywhere in Virginia Beach or surrounding cities. Contact a Virginia Beach criminal attorney from JRLaw PLC today to get the powerful representation you need!