Drug Defense Attorneys

May Law, LLP has over a decade and a half of experience defending drug cases in the Virginia General District and Circuit Courts.  Whether it is possession with intent to distribute a large quantity of drugs, or simple possession of a small amount of marijuana, our lawyers can help.

What is “Possession of Drugs” under Virginia law and how is it punished?  Click here for the answer.

 To prove a drug charge, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed the drug.  The type of drug determines the seriousness of the charge.  Unsurprisingly, “Possession of Marijuana” is not nearly as serious as “Possession of Cocaine.”  The key here is “knowing and intentional” possession.  This can be hard for a prosecutor to prove and is the main defense in drug cases.

“Possession with Intent to Distribute” (PWID) marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, or heroin are frequently charged drug crimes.  Items such as scales, baggies, and larger quantities of drugs become the basis of such charges, even if the use was personal.   To prove PWID, a prosecutor must prove that the defendant possessed with intent to distribute the drug.  With the exception of Marijuana, the possession of which is a misdemeanor, almost all drug charges are felonies in Virginia.  The maximum punishment for simple possession is up to 10 years in prison.

Oddly, whether a motor vehicle is involved in a drug case or not, most convictions of a drug offense also results in a mandatory driver’s license suspension for at least 6 months.