If You Have Been Caught With Drugs, We Can Help
Drug possession, or consciously possessing and being aware of the character of a drug, is one of the most common drug offenses in Virginia. Regardless of the substance involved, the amount, the number of convictions on your record or the situation that led to allegations of drug possession, you need an accomplished defense attorney to help you fight the charges against you.
The Carroll County drug possession attorneys at McGrady & McGrady, L.L.P., use their over 69 combined years of trial experience to protect the rights of those charged with drug possession and other drug crimes throughout Carroll County, Smyth County, Grayson County, Wythe County, Bland County, Montgomery County, Floyd County and Pulaski County. As local attorneys — we are located in Hillsville, have lived in the area our entire lives (except when we were away at school) and are descendants of the original settlers of Carroll County — we know all of the rules, customs and politics that can influence your case. We build cases that take these factors into account, putting you in a strong position to have charges dismissed or to receive an acquittal or sentence reduction.
Consequences Of Drug Possession Charges
The type of drug you allegedly possessed can impact how severe the possible consequences are. Although cocaine, methamphetamine (meth), heroin, prescription drugs and other substances can lead to drug charges, marijuana is one of the drugs most commonly involved in possession cases. If convicted for the first time for simple possession of marijuana, you face:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- A $500 fine
A second possession of marijuana conviction can result in:
- Up to one year in jail
- Up to $2,500 in fines
Possession With Intent To Distribute
Possession with intent to distribute leads to even harsher consequences — up to 30 years in prison, depending on the quantity and type of drug involved. Prosecutors look at many factors when deciding to bring possession with intent to distribute charges. These include:
- Quantity of drugs
- Packaging (blocks or bricks of drugs instead of a single baggie for personal use)
- Paraphernalia consistent with distribution (scales, baggies and razor blades)
- Presence of drug paraphernalia for personal use (bongs and syringes)
- Unusually large amounts of money found at the scene
- Expert testimony
We know how to build powerful defense cases that counter prosecutorial strategies centered on these and other factors commonly found in drug possession cases.
Contact Our Southwest Virginia Marijuana And Other Drug Possession Lawyers
Virginia treats all drug crimes very seriously. Do not trust your defense to chance; contact our dedicated criminal lawyers at 276-779-4451 or 888-505-9168, or contact us online for a free consultation.
Our office in Hillsville is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. We want our clients to have access to a lawyer when they need it most, so we are also available by appointment outside of these hours. We pride ourselves on returning messages, in most cases, on the same day.