Drug Possession in Virginia

Contact a Richmond Drug Crime Attorney Today


Being caught in the possession of a controlled substance could bring serious charges and penalties. As you face the criminal justice system, it is strongly advisable to have a seasoned Richmond drug crime attorney representing you through every step. Carlson & Collier offers top-of-the-line legal representation to all clients. We have been representing individuals accused of drug possession for 60 collective years, crafting effective defense tactics for each and every client.

Possession of Different Schedules

Each controlled substance is classified by a schedule, with every category holding various penalties. The most abused and addictive drugs are classified under Schedule I which include heroin, ecstasy, LSD, and GHB. Schedule II includes cocaine, methamphetamines, PCP, and methadone, while Schedule III involves prescriptions that are considered highly addictive. All lesser schedules carry more minor substances.

You could face the following penalties for each schedule:

  • Schedule I: Class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $2,500 in fines
  • Schedule II: Class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $2,500 in fines
  • Schedule III: Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in prison and $2,500 in fines
  • Schedule IV: Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines

If drugs are found in your possession and are more than what is considered valid for "personal use," you may face additional charges of intent to distribute or sell.

Attain Proven Legal Representation Today

At Carlson & Collier, our Richmond criminal lawyers are skilled at handling complex drug possession charges just like yours. We can fully examine your case to see if unlawful police proceedings occurred or if you were wrongly accused due to lack of evidence. No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your case, we are ready to fight for you!

Do not hesitate to contact us and receive a complementary consultation with our Richmond criminal defense lawyers.

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