Because some studies suggest that marijuana is not that dangerous, or because some people think it is not much different than alcohol, it has recently developed a reputation of being “no big deal.” And since Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and even our neighbors in the District of Columbia have passed legislation legalizing its recreational use, some people incorrectly assume that all states also have a relaxed view of the drug. However, those who possess marijuana in Virginia, and get caught by the police quickly learn the startling reality. In Virginia, possession of marijuana can result in jail time, loss of your privilege to drive in Virginia, and fines. For those with a history of possession charges and guilty verdicts, marijuana possession can translate into a loss of freedom and an expensive problem.
In Virginia, prosecutors have the burden of proving that the defendant knowingly possessed the drug. Those charged with marijuana possession even without any prior drug possession charges face up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a 6 month loss of their privilege to drive in Virginia. Being in jail for up to 30 days and losing your driver’s license can result in one losing his or her job and having a permanent criminal record.
A second marijuana possession conviction becomes a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Virginia and can result in up to 1 year in jail, and a $2,500 fine. Given that most Virginians have a lot to lose by being found guilty of marijuana possession, it is important that they seek the legal counsel from a skilled and knowledgeable attorney.
The attorneys at NovaLegalGroup are very experienced in cases involving marijuana possession, and they are committed to working tirelessly to defend their clients’ rights as well as protecting them so that they do not do any jail time and come out of their experience with NO permanent criminal record with the FBI or Homeland Security. If you’ve been charged with marijuana possession, or any other drug-related crime, such as selling, manufacturing, or trafficking, contact NovaLegalGroup today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney who is ready to build your defense.