In the state of Virginia, the law maintains that marijuana is an illegal drug. Currently, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. If a person is caught selling, manufacturing, or trafficking more between half an ounce and five pounds of marijuana, they can be charged with a felony and spend between one and ten years in prison.
As well, the offender can be issued a $2,500 fine. There are also specific punishments for selling between five pounds and 100 kilograms of marijuana; this can result in five to thirty years in prison. Selling more than 100 kilograms of marijuana can merit a life sentence in some situations. Selling marijuana to a minor in the state of Virginia can bring on a two to fifty year penalty and a $100,000 fine. IT can also be a serious felony to manufacture marijuana in the state or sell the substance within 1,000 feet of a school or school bus stop.
Also, if a person transports more than five pounds of marijuana into the state then this can merit up to 40 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine in some cases. Distributing marijuana paraphernalia is a misdemeanor that can bring on one year in prison and a $2,500, but selling or giving that paraphernalia to a minor who is at least three years younger is considered a felony.
Because the state takes their marijuana laws seriously, those that are caught are often sent to jail right away. A student at John Rolfe was recently taken into custody after she brought drugs to her middle school with the intention to sell them. Teachers say that they spotted the 14-year-old girl with the marijuana and they called in a school resource officer to investigate. The investigator determined that the teen had marijuana in her possession.
When her parents were contacted, they admitted that they weren’t surprised. Some Virginia residents are concerned that the drug laws are getting worse. If you have been accused of possessing marijuana, then you are going to want a Richmond criminal defense attorney on your side to advocate for you in court. Chances are that you are facing over a year in jail if convicted, so you should make every effort to get the representation that you need.
At the Law office of Debra D. Corcoran, you will be able to discuss your case with an experienced, aggressive, and competent attorney who truly cares about you. The firm has an emergency 24-hour phone line which you can call if you are ever in a bind and need an attorney right away. Call the firm at (804) 651-2224 today with your legal emergency!