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Norfolk Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

Serving Residents Facing Drug Charges

Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News & across the Commonwealth

Drug crimes are some of the most common criminal offenses in the Commonwealth of Virginia, from possession and distribution to manufacturing and trafficking. Getting convicted of a drug crime can result in serious criminal penalties, including a long period of incarceration and a permanent mark on your criminal record that will negatively impact your life. In order to avoid conviction or a harsh sentence, you must hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

If you or a loved one is facing drug charges in Virginia, look no further than Protogyrou Law to defend you inside and outside the courtroom. Our legal team has over a century of combined legal experience – which includes spending years on the outside side of the courtroom as former prosecutors – and has handled thousands of cases in state and federal courts, including appellate court and the U.S. Supreme Court. No matter what type of drug charges are filed against you, you can count on our Norfolk drug crime defense lawyers to fight for you from start to finish.

Do not wait to contact us today at (757) 267-6611 for a free consultation and discuss your case.

Types of Drug Offenses

Our firm handles the following types of drug crimes in Virginia:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug possession with intent to sale or distribution
  • Drug sale or distribution
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing/cultivation
  • Drug transportation

Drug Schedules in Virginia

In Virginia, drugs are classified according to five “schedules” -- similar to federal drug laws:

  • Schedule I controlled substances (e.g., heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and psilocybin [magic mushrooms]) and Schedule II controlled substances (e.g., cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone, PCP, and fentanyl) are considered the most addictive with the least accepted medical use.
  • Schedule III (e.g., Vicodin, ketamine, steroids, etc.) through VI substances are not as addictive with some and wide accepted medical use.

What are the Penalties for Drug Crimes?

1. Possession of a small amount of either a Schedule I and II narcotic is a Class 5 felony.

Punishable by:

Imprisonment OR Jail Sentence + Fines
Up to 10 years Maximum 12 months, and fines not exceeding $2,500

2. Possession of small amount of a Schedule III substance is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Punishable by:

Jail Sentence Fines
Up to 12 months Fines not exceeding $2,500

3. Possession of a Schedule IV drug is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Jail Sentence Fines
Up to 6 months Fines not exceeding $1,000

4. Possession of a Schedule V drug is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Fines not exceeding $500

5. Possession of a Schedule IV substance is a Class 4 misdemeanor.

Fines not exceeding $250

Whether it’s possession with intent or trafficking, these drug crimes are often felony offenses. However, if a drug crime involves a significant amount or an operation across multiple states, then you may face federal charges, which carry harsher penalties, including a long federal prison sentence.

Ready to Fight for Your Freedom & Future Today

Just because you have been arrested does not mean you are guilty of the charges you face. With our firm’s help, we can help you get the most favorable result in court. Let us listen to your story, examine your case, and figure out all your legal options to avoid conviction and get your life back on track.

Contact us today for more information about our experienced and personalized legal services.

The Protogyrou Law Difference

What You Can Expect with our Firm
  • Great Relationships with Judges & Prosecutors
  • Unmatched Quality of Legal Representation
  • Powerful Team of Trial Lawyers
  • Experience Representing High-Profile Clients
  • Extensive Courtroom Experience
  • Hundreds of Thousands of Cases Successfully Handled

Get the Defense You Deserve

Our Team Is Ready to Fight & Win for You
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