Norfolk Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
Serving Residents Facing Drug Charges in 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.
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?
Possession of a small amount of either a Schedule I and II narcotic is a Class 5 felony, punishable by either imprisonment for up to 10 years or a maximum jail sentence of 12 months and a fine not exceeding $2,500. Possession of small amount of a Schedule III substance is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail term of 12 months and a fine not exceeding $2,500.
Possession of a Schedule IV drug is a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term of up to six months and maximum fine of $1,000. Possession of a Schedule V drug is a Class 3 misdemeanor that carries a maximum fine of $500, while possession of a Schedule IV substance is a Class 4 misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine of up to $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.
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