Whether you are facing a simple possession of marijuana charge or a distribution charge, the stakes are high. Drug convictions can result in significant prison sentences and the lose of your driving privileges. I can help you understand the ramifications of a drug conviction. I can help you ensure that your constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures are protected.
Is it a crime to have prescription medication without a prescription?
Yes. If you don't have a valid prescription or your prescription has expired, you should not possess prescription medications. Many prescription medications are schedule I/II controlled substances. That means it's a felony to possess them without a valid prescription.
Is there a first offender program for drug possession?
If you've never been convicted of a drug crime before, you can go into probation and have your drug possession charges dismissed. The first offender program is not easy. It requires you to attend substance abuse counselling. You also have to complete community service. They will also make you take drug tests.
Can I do drug court?
In Charlottesville and Albemarle you can enter into drug court. Other surrounding counties do not have a drug court yet. Drug court can be a good option if you really intend to overcome a drug addiction. If you don't, it will be a waste of your time and could prejudice your case. Make sure to discuss your options with your attorney before you decide to enter into drug court.