Sale or Distribution of a Controlled Substance

Aggressive & Tenacious Drug Crime Defense in Richmond, Virginia

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is unlawful to sell or distribute any controlled substance or even an imitation of a controlled substance. Doing so may result in severe consequences. You should take action now to contact our dedicated criminal defense lawyers in Richmond. As a group, our team has more than 75 Years of experience including prosecutorial work. We thoroughly understand the justice system and how to protect your rights and your future at this time.

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What is a controlled substance?

In 1971, the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) was introduced to address drug abuse, control, and prevention. All controlled substances are classified into schedules, with Schedule I and II being considered the drugs most at risk for abuse. Most Schedule I controlled substances are completely illegal. They include heroin and LSD. Schedule II drugs are considered almost as dangerous. They include cocaine and methamphetamines. If you are caught selling or distributing a Schedule I or II drug, you could face between 5 and 40 years in prison and fines totaling up to $500,000. This is just for a first offense. While marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance it does have its own guidelines. If you are caught selling or distributing 5 pounds or more you could serve 30 years' incarceration. That is why it is so crucial that you hire a Richmond criminal attorney who can advocate for your case.

Penalties for a First or Repeat Drug Offense

Penalties are very harsh. Obviously, the state of Virginia wants to put an end to the violence, abuse, and even deaths associated with dangerous drugs. By making the punishment for selling and distributing drugs so severe, the government hopes to keep dealers off the streets and users from obtaining dangerous drugs.

While selling or distributing controlled substances is illegal, additional factors can affect your case:

  • The type of drug involved
  • The amount with which you are caught
  • Any prior criminal record

Second and third convictions for selling and distributing Schedule I or II controlled substances can result in life imprisonment and fines up to $1,000,000. More information about these charges and penalties can be found in the Code of Virginia §18.2-247 and §18.2-248.

Free Telephone Review with Our Winning Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

If you have been charged with sale or distribution of any controlled substance, call an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately! Your freedom is on the line. Without a strong advocate in your corner, you could face a lifetime of consequences. Get in touch with Carlson & Collier today for a more positive future.

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