Possession of Marijuana
Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer
While the national attitude towards marijuana may be beginning to shift,
in Virginia, it is illegal to possess the drug in any amount. Make no
mistake, if you have been charged with the possession of marijuana, your
freedom is on the line. A mark on your criminal record for a
drug-related offense can hinder your livelihood for years to come, affecting where you may
be able to work or live. The first step in protecting your future is to
contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone. The firm’s
Virginia criminal defense attorney can help you to understand the charges you face as well as what you may
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What Are the Penalties for Possession?
In Virginia, the offense of possession as it relates to marijuana is both
a crime dealing with ownership and measurements. If you are found to be
in possession of half an ounce or less, knowingly or intentionally, you
could be facing a misdemeanor charge. Amounts in excess of this limit
may subject a defendant to charges for sale, manufacturing, or trafficking.
The specific penalties for a possession charge can also be influenced by
factors including where the alleged offense took place and a defendant’s
past criminal history. Depending on the nature of the offense, defendants
may also be eligible for probation or diversion programs. These options
are typically only available for first-time offenders.
Possible penalties can include:
- A first offense is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of no
more than $500.
- A second or subsequent offense is punishable by up to one year in jail
and a fine of no more than $2,500.
In addition to the drug itself, it can also be against the law to possess
drug paraphernalia if the owner has the intent to sell. The term “paraphernalia”
can encompass a wide range of items intended for use, cultivation, or
manufacture in association with a drug. A conviction for an offense related
to paraphernalia can also carry severe penalties.
Accused of a Drug Crime? Call (703) 988-5882
As soon as an accusation for a drug crime has been made against you, get
in touch with the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone. You have the right
to legal representation and should not speak to law enforcement without
first consulting with the firm’s lead Virginia criminal defense
lawyer. Attorney Pignone has handled thousands of cases and can craft
an uncompromising legal strategy to maximize the strength of your defense.
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