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

Free Case Evaluation over the Phone with a Former Prosecutor

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.

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