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Virginia men face felony drug charges

If you are facing a conviction for drug possession or distribution, you should be aware of the serious consequences that could await you. Drug charges can result in varying amounts of jail time, depending on the type of drug and the severity of the crime. Two Virginia men were recently charged with several drug felonies after police found them in a vehicle outside a motel. The officers responded to a call reporting possible drug activity inside the Virginia motel.

One of the men has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a violent convicted felon. He was also charged with possession of a firearm while possessing meth and possession of a concealed weapon. He was charged with one misdemeanor of possession of marijuana. He is being held in a regional jail without bond.

The other man was charged with possession of meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute meth. He was released from the regional jail on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

All defendants, including the men in this case, are presumed innocent unless and until the government prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In addition to the constitutional presumption of innocence, the Fourth Amendment guarantees the right to a lawful search and seizure. If the authorities violated the accused's Fourth Amendment rights, the evidence acquired cannot be used at trial and the charges will likely be dismissed. Using the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as a defense against drug possession charges has proven to be successful in many cases. Likewise, the accused should understand all of their applicable constitutional rights, and how asserting them may help their case.

Source: Bristol Herald Counter, "Two Bristol Virginia men arrested on several felony drug charges," Lurah Spell, July 6, 2016

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