Northern Virginia Marijuana Possession Lawyer
Charges of marijuana possession are very common, but a conviction can still impact your life. Many employers will not hire anyone who has a drug conviction of any kind, and depending on the charges, you may be facing a felony.
You don’t want to risk your future on the possibility that your charges might not be too bad.
Many people arrested for drug charges assume that they must plead guilty to the charges right away to get a lighter sentence. What they don’t consider is that with the lighter sentence comes a permanent mark on their criminal record.
By calling a Northern Virginia marijuana possession lawyer from Priale & Racine, PLLC, you stand the best chance for getting your charges reduced or dismissed, which can prevent that criminal record from coming back to bite you later.
Marijuana Charges and Penalties
It’s amazing how wide-ranging and confusing the penalties for marijuana charges can be. In some cases, the charge might be a simple misdemeanor, but in other cases, it might be a felony. This usually depends on how much weed was involved, for what purpose you were in possession of the drug, and where you were found with the drug.
Here is a simplified list of a few of the marijuana possession charges and penalties you might be facing:
- Possession of Marijuana, First Offense – Class U misdemeanor, up to thirty days in jail, up to a $500 fine
- Possession of Marijuana, Second Offense – Class 1 misdemeanor, up to twelve months in jail, up to a $2,500 fine
- Possession with Intent to Distribute, Greater than One-Half Ounce – Class 5 felony, up to ten years imprisonment, up to a $2,500 fine
- Possession with Intent to Distribute, Greater than Five Pounds – Class U felony, up to thirty years imprisonment, minimum five years imprisonment
Defense Against Marijuana Possession Charges
Many people believe that if they are caught with marijuana, whether on their vehicle or on their person, that there can be no possible defense. This belief is far from the truth, however. There are many defenses that your marijuana defense attorney can use to potentially get your charges dismissed or reduced.
For example, if you were a passenger in a vehicle, it is difficult for the prosecution to prove that you were the owner of the marijuana found in the vehicle. The drug could belong to anyone who was in the vehicle, after all.
Furthermore, if a police officer does an illegal stop and search, your attorney can file a motion to suppress evidence, which often means that the case gets thrown out altogether. This is something that would be difficult for you to do on your own, but we can help you get a better outcome for your case.
Contact a NoVa Marijuana Defense Attorney
Call a Northern Virginia marijuana possession lawyer from Priale & Racine, PLLC today to get a confidential, free consultation. If you’ve been hit with charges for a marijuana-related offense, don’t let that one mistake affect the rest of your life. Fill out our contact form below or call us at 703-272-3922 to get started.