Drug distribution charges in Virginia come with much more stringent penalties than a charge of simple possession of a controlled substance. Defendants can face up to 40 years in prison, or even life imprisonment on a second offense involving Schedule I substances. Fines assessed with these cases also can be astronomical, reaching as high as $500,000 in some cases.
Many individuals who are charged with drug distribution never intended to deal in controlled substances, but rather found themselves in negative or complicated circumstances. At The Law Office of C.W. Roop, PLLC, our founding attorney, Christopher W. Roop, looks at the "big picture" of a defendant's situation. Christopher uses his skill as a former state trooper to examine the case the state has build against you. He is able to see weaknesses in the prosecution's approach and offer you a strong defense of your rights.
Factors In A Drug Distribution Case
When you are found in possession of a controlled substance, the police officer who found it may seek to find evidence that would escalate your charge to distribution. Some of the factors in a drug charge arrest that a prosecutor will look at include the following:
The quantity of the controlled substance found in your possession
How the drug is packaged, with small, individual packages indicative of distribution
Other incriminating evidence that is found in conjunction with the drugs, such as a measuring scale or guns to protect one's supply
Additionally, if you are found in possession of more than one-half-ounce of cannabis (marijuana), the state will examine circumstantial evidence collected in conjunction with your arrest to determine if they wish to charge you with possession with intent to distribute.
Effective Defenses In Distribution Cases
Our lawyer can advise you on your best legal options if you are charged with drug distribution. During your arrest, it is critical to remember your constitutional rights protecting you from unlawful search and seizure and from making self-incriminating statements to police officers. Christopher will thoroughly review your case, and raise questions related to the chain of custody for evidence and the credibility of eyewitnesses and informants when appropriate.
Do Not Give Away Your Chance To A Fair Trial
For a confidential assessment of your defense options in a drug crime case, call our office in Spencer at 276-352-4172, or use our online intake form to make an appointment.