Marijuana is grown all over the world, and is used for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, possession of marijuana and intent to distribute marijuana can be career-ending, relationship-destroying charges. Thus, you absolutely must take marijuana-related charges seriously. If you have been charged with a possession or intent to distribute drugs, take the charges seriously and visit your local Virginia Beach Criminal Lawyer . There isn’t anything to lose.
Is Marijuana legal in Virginia? Generally speaking, the answer is “no.” Some states have substantially relaxed their laws, but there is controversy surrounding the federal laws prohibiting illegal drugs. But the statute which criminalizes marijuana possession has an exclusion contained within it that states that if a person is in possession pursuant to a valid and lawful prescription, he is not in violation of the statute. Furthermore, the statutes refer to cancer and glaucoma as conditions potentially leading to such a prescription.
If you are found to be in violation of the statute punishing relatively minor marijuana offenses, (Virginia Code Section 18.2-251.1.A), you may be facing 30 days confinement, a fine of $500, or both. For first offenders, there are complicated rules that your local Virginia Beach and Norfolk Criminal Defense Attorney will need to assess to best represent you.
Your Virginia Beach and Norfolk Criminal Defense Attorney can work with you as well as the State to determine a fair resolution, if you wish to avoid a trial. If you want to go to trial to contest your charges, however, your defense lawyer will pursue every last defense available. Please remember, never drive while intoxicated. Whether you’ve legally had a few drinks, or if you have indulged in other activities, keep the roadways safe.