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possession with intent to distribute in Virginia

Possession with Intent to Distribute: What It Means in Virginia

Possession with intent to distribute is charged when someone is found in possession of controlled dangerous substances and it is believed that their intention is to either sell them or give them to someone else. Virginia takes drug possession seriously but distribution is harshly punished.Virginia Code Section 18.2- 248 criminalizes the possession of a controlled substance as well as possession with intent to distribute, sell, give or manufacture a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance. How Intent to Distribute is [...]

DUI felony or misdemeanor

Is a DUI/DWI a Felony or Misdemeanor in Virginia? What Are the Penalties?

Virginia categorizes Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) together, although there are subtle distinctions between the two drunk driving classifications.  DWI determinations are made by taking a blood sample, or a breath sample using a breathalyzer.  A DUI conviction is obtained when there is sufficient evidence that a person has consumed enough alcohol, or other substances, to result in observable impairment of conduct, speech, coordination, or overall appearance. How Are DUIs and DWIs Classified? First offense DUI/DWI convictions are classified [...]