Chesterfield County Possession of Marijuana Lawyer

person rolls marijuana joint and then is arrest for Marijuana possession in virginia and needs to call aq lawyer to get out of jailPossession of Marijuana in Chesterfield County is a criminal offense. Marijuana violations can range from misdemeanor simple possession offenses to more serious felony trafficking violations. The most common type of marijuana case is the misdemeanor simple possession violation, which is prohibited by Virginia Code 18.2-250.1. Marijuana might be legal in some states, but not Virginia. Not only is marijuana illegal, but a conviction can have serious consequences that may drastically affect both your freedom and future. If you have been accused of any possession of marijuana offense in Chesterfield County, then you need a skilled Chesterfield County Possession of Marijuana Attorney. Penalties for misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses may include:

  • Permanent conviction on your record
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Excessive Fines
  • Community Service
  • Random drug screens
  • Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
  • Loss of employment or employment opportunities
  • Loss of student aid

Chesterfield VA Marijuana Possession Lawyer Client Review

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Experienced Marijuana Possession Defense Attorneys Chesterfield VA

man rolling Marijuana joint about to be arrested for Possession of Marijuana going to need a Lawyer who specializes in marijuana possessionThe Virginia law states that it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally to possess marijuana. It is important to note that ownership or occupancy of the premises or vehicle where the marijuana was found does not create a presumption that such person either knowingly or intentionally possessed such marijuana. We can help you understand the charge you are facing, the possible defenses of your case, and the consequences of a conviction. We examine the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest, whether the police violated the Fourth Amendment, whether the police had a reasonable suspicion to stop you, whether any warrant was supported by probable cause, and whether any other violations may have tainted the seizure of evidence the prosecution will attempt to use against you at trial. In many cases, you can prevail on a number of defense objections or motions, even if you think you are guilty.

Virginia’s War on Marijuana

Virginia cracks down on marijuana while other states either legalize or decriminalize it. In Virginia, if you are accused of any marijuana offense, then you are facing a possible jail sentence. Any jail sentence entitles the accused to legal representation. If you have been charged with any marijuana violation, then it would be in your best interests to consult with an attorney who regularly defends marijuana cases.

 As the rest of the country has moved toward decriminalization of marijuana, Virginia has been imposing a sharp crackdown. Arrests for weed possession shot up 76 percent from 2003 to 2014 — a stark departure from the 6.5 percent national decline during the same period — and the increase is speeding up, not slowing down. What’s more, the focus has fallen heavier on African-Americans. Blacks used to be arrested for marijuana offenses 240 percent more often than whites; now they’re arrested 330 percent more often. This makes little sense — especially when you can walk into any one of several hundred stores run by the state itself and buy another powerful drug that is even more dangerous. People can and do die from alcohol withdrawal. That’s not true of marijuana. Yet the state rakes in money from booze, which kills tens of thousands of people a year nationwide — and shells out tens of millions of dollars a year to punish people for using pot. Virginia’s political class seems ill-inclined to legalize marijuana this year, or perhaps even this century. But the state and its localities need to reconsider the harsh stance they have taken toward the drug. It is not reducing consumption or producing any other apparent benefits, but it is making life harder for citizens who get saddled with criminal records. That’s particularly true for African-Americans, who already face serious obstacles to employment and wealth creation. No one can seem to articulate an intelligent reason for spending so much time, money and effort fighting marijuana use rather than regulating and taxing its sale, as the state does with alcohol. Until someone can, Virginians can only conclude that state and local officials are the ones acting stoned.

Chesterfield County Possession of Marijuana DISMISSED

Riley & Wells Attorneys represented a client from Roanoke VA, who was in the area attending a concert at a popular local venue. The client was arrested for possession of marijuana outside the venue. A small amount of plant material was recovered by the police during a search. The primary issue in the client’s trial was the admissibility of the plant material test results. We successfully argued to the District Court that the Commonwealth Attorney and the arresting officer did not properly follow what the law required for the plant material test results to be admitted in our client’s trial. The prosecution could not prove a drug possession allegation without evidence of a positive test result in this case. The Judge dismissed the case.

Chesterfield VA Marijuana Possession REDUCED to Paraphernalia

if you are caught with marijuana in chesterfield county, then you will be charged with possession of marijuana

Chesterfield County Possession of Marijuana Case Result

In some instances, their prosecution has sufficient evidence to prove the marijuana possession allegation, but our attorneys are still able to successfully resolve the case to the client’s satisfaction. Sometimes, the best option may be to plea bargain your case with the prosecutor depending on the strength of the Commonwealth’s case and the unique circumstances of the needs of the client. This can only be realistically accomplished with the assistance of an accomplished Chesterfield County Possession of Marijuana Lawyer. In this case, we were able to convince the Court and Commonwealth Attorney to amend our client’s case to what is commonly referred to as a lesser offense – possession of paraphernalia. Do not give up hope and protect your rights by contacting us today for a free no obligation initial consultation.

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By Mitch Wells 11/10/2015 | Updated 4/27/2018