When a Virginia resident is suspected of committing a drug-related crime, it is understandable that they would be concerned about what the future holds. The type of crime varies, depending on the situation, but a majority of drug charges fall into one of two main categories: possession or distribution.
Federal prosecutors allege that one of the owners of a Virginia Beach cake shop has been running a large scale drug operation and using his store to cover it up. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Virginia State Police, Chesapeake Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducted an 18-month investigation of the couple.
Drug possession is a serious crime in the state of Virginia that could lead to years of jail time. Two Virginia Beach men were recently charged with drug crimes after a seemingly ordinary traffic stop in North Carolina.
According to a recent report, a study has revealed that your chances of getting arrested for drug possession are higher than ever in Virginia. While most states appear to be moving toward the legalization of marijuana, Virginia seems to be moving towards a further crackdown on marijuana usage.
There are many complexities when it comes to drug charges. The type of drug, the quantity of the drug, and various other factors are all taken into consideration when charges are filed. Small amounts are typically called "simple" possession, while large qualities may lead to significant penalties, as authorities may assume or suspect you "possessed with the intent to distribute."
What starts out as a run of the mill traffic stop could quickly turn into being charged with a drug crime. If police find illegal drugs of any kind in your vehicle, you may be facing some serious consequences. If you are found with any drug other than marijuana that is an automatic felony in the state of Virginia. Marijuana possession can also turn into a felony depending on the amount of drugs you have.