If you are charged with a drug crime, your best choice is to contact attorney Eric Clingan at The NoVa Law Firm. We can help you find the right legal strategy to minimize or avoid any penalties. Whether it’s a misdemeanor or a felony, if you are charged with a drug-related offense, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Penalties for drug use, possession, manufacturing and distribution vary depending on their controlled substance classification. The Virginia Drug Control Act places controlled substances into categories called schedules. These classifications are similar to the categories in the federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.
Virginia state law has a program that allows people who are charged with a first-time drug offense to be placed on probation. If they complete a treatment or education program, perform community service, and remain drug and alcohol free during their probation, their case will be dismissed. This option is called the 251 disposition program.
A recently proposed bill that would peel back penalties for individuals convicted of marijuana possession is working its way through the Virginia General Assembly, having already been passed by a 38-2 vote in the State Senate. SB 1091, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County), would change the law so […]
Marijuana is unsurprisingly on average the most common “Drugged Driving” (or “DUID”) charge that Virginia drivers receive. DUID refers to DUI charges (excluding those received while driving under the influence of alcohol) and can include everything from prescription drugs (Ambien, for example), to cocaine and other ability-impairing narcotics. Marijuana DUI’s in particular present some unique challenges– all of which must be accounted for when your Fairfax DUI attorney builds a strong case for towards the reduction or dismissal of your DUI charges.