Transportation or Distribution of Drugs in Richmond
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In the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is a felony to transport any Schedule
I or Schedule II controlled substance into the state with the intention
to sell or distribute. This would include one ounce or more of any Schedule
I or II controlled substance or five or more pounds of marijuana.
If you are facing felony
charges over a drug crime, please do not hesitate to contact our
Richmond criminal attorneys at Carlson & Collier as soon as possible.
What penalties do I face for transporting illicit drugs into Virginia?
As a matter of fact, by transporting narcotics into Virginia with the intent
to distribute, you face
two separate and distinct felonies. Obviously, distribution / intent to distribute
is a felony itself. By crossing into the Commonwealth with the drugs,
however, you have also committed a second felony. These charges and penalties
are elaborated under the Code of Virginia §§ 18.2-248 and 18.2-248.01.
The punishment for a conviction is as follows:
- For a first offense transporting controlled substances into Virginia, the
penalty is 5 to 40 years' imprisonment with at least 3 years being
mandatory, and a fine not to exceed $1,000,000.
- For a second offense transporting controlled substances into Virginia,
the penalty is a mandatory 10 years' imprisonment to be served consecutively
with any other sentence.
Please keep in mind that you will also be punished for distribution. If
convicted, you will serve:
- For a first offense, not less than 5 years nor more than 40 and a fine
to not exceed $500,000
- For a second offense, up to a lifetime imprisonment and a fine to not exceed $500,000
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Obviously, this is an extremely serious offense. You will need to hire
an experienced Virginia drug crime defense attorney immediately in order
to protect your rights and future.
Call Carlson & Collier today to set up a
complimentary phone consultation with one of our criminal lawyers in Richmond today.