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What are the drug distribution laws in Virginia?

Generally, states are tough on drugs. While the laws vary from one state to the next, the underlying understanding should be that when an individual is suspected of distributing an illicit drug, he or she could face serious penalties. In addition to facing serious charges in the state where the supposed act occurred, federal drug charges could also occur if distribution took place or involved more than one state.

What are the drug distribution laws in Virginia? In the Commonwealth of Virginia, manufacturing, sale, distribution and possession with the intent to distribute drugs are grouped together as the same offense. However, this is based on the amount of substance in question.

Nonetheless, Virginia takes drug charges very seriously, causing some offenders to face mandatory minimum sentences for distribution of certain crimes. The severity of the penalty for drug distribution correlates with the amount in weight of the substance in question. For example, if a person is accused of distributing any amount of a Schedule I or II substance, which includes heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, this could result in a penalty of five to 40 years and a fine up to $500,000, excluding methamphetamine, which carries harsher penalties.

The criminal consequences associated with drug distribution increase if the suspect has a criminal record, especially one that includes being convicted of the same or similar drug distribution charge. Even more so, these charges can get harsher as the amount in question increases and if there is evidence of a suspected criminal enterprise.

Because the penalties can be extensive and life altering, it is important that those accused of drug distribution understand their situation and what defense options they have. Initiating a strong criminal defense could assist with the reduction and even dismissal of the charges faced by a defendant.

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