RICHMOND DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES
Drug Distribution or Attempted Distribution is a serious crime in Virginia. Depending on the type of drug, the amount of drugs and prior criminal record a person convicted of distribution could face life imprisonment and fines up to $1,000,000. Any person found guilty of distributing a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance is punished by 5 to 40 years incarnation and a fine up to $500,000. Schedule I and II drugs are considered to be extremely addictive they include Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetamines.
If you are convicted of distributing a Schedule I, II, III or IV or marijuana to a person under 18 and you are at least 3 years older, or you involve them in the distribution process, the penalty is 10 to 50 years imprisonment and a fine up to $100,000.
If a person with a valid prescription for Xanex, which is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, gives a friend some of their pills they are actually guilty of distribution however, this would be considered a Class I Misdemeanor and they could face up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $2,500, either or both.
Distribution of Marijuana varies by the amount distributed. If found guilty of distributing one-half ounce or less this is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Between one-half ounce and 5 pounds is a Class 5 Felony, punishable by1 to 10 years imprisonment and up to $2,500 fine, either or both. However, if found guilty of distributing anything over 5 pounds is punishable by 5 to 30 years incarceration.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has harsh penalties for distribution of drugs. Their plan is to stop the drugs from getting to the users. If you are charged with distribution you will need to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney.
CODE OF VIRGINIA §18.2-247 §18.2-248 §18.2-250 §18.2-10 §18.2-11