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Drug Charges Archives

Virginia teacher facing multiple drug charges

A recent joint operation between two law enforcement offices has led to the arrest of a Virginia teacher. The teacher was put on leave by his school the same day that he turned himself in to authorities. Police have charged the man with several drug charges. He is likely now working with an attorney to fight these criminal accusations in court.

Those charged with a drug crime may face serious consequences

Crimes related to drug possession, manufacturing and distribution can lead to serious consequences if convictions are obtained. A total of 35 people have been indicted in one Virginia county. These arrests follow an investigation focused on various drug crimes over a span of nine months. The individuals charged with a drug crime are now likely focused on their defense options as they prepare for upcoming court dates.

Attorneys could help those charged with a drug crime

A recent drug raid headed by the Bristol Virginia Police Department resulted in two Virginia women being arrested. They were charged with several drug charges between the two of them. Those charged with a drug crime may consider speaking with an attorney as soon as possible after being charged to discover the next steps they should take.

The unanticipated costs of enforcing certain criminal laws

The state of Virginia has recently announced that it will be cracking down on illegal cigarette sales. Some individuals or criminal organizations allegedly buy cigarettes in bulk in Virginia, where the tax is only $3 a carton, smuggle them to New York, where the tax is $44 a carton, and sell them directly to consumers for slightly less than what they would cost locally. The enterprise is said to be more profitable than trafficking in harder drugs.

Will sentencing reform continue after President Obama?

Virginia is notoriously harsh in the prosecution of people charged with low-level drug offenses. Possession of certain scheduled narcotics has been classified as a class 5 felony, for example. In a law-and-order culture informed by the war on drugs, prosecutors seemingly compete with one another to exact the longest sentences they can manage, often tacking on other charges such as possession of a firearm, to make the incarceration even harsher than it otherwise might be.

The Problems with Field Drug Testing

If you consider yourself an upstanding, law-abiding citizen who couldn't possibly end up on the wrong side of the law, pay attention. Mistakes can, and do, happen - especially when it comes drug testing performed outside of a lab (field testing). For one innocent couple in Arkansas, drug field test problems led to more than two months of hassle that damaged their reputations and changed their lives forever. 

What are potential defenses against drug charges?

Being arrested and convicted for drug possession or intent to distribute can often carry severe penalties in Virginia. Therefore, those accused of drug charges frequently attempt to either clear their name or reduce the charges. Whether based on presumed personal use or the intent to sell, drug possession charges can greatly impact the personal and professional life of the accused, even if it is the first time he or she is charged.

Challenges of posssession with intent to distribute drug charges

There are many residents of Virginia who have been charged with crimes involving drugs. Drug charges can bring serious consequences to those who are convicted. A particular drug crime that is commonly mentioned is possession with the intent to distribute. Many may wonder what this charge means.

4 college students face felony drug arrest

When someone is arrested for drug possession, the consequences can be serious. However, felony drug charges are generally more severe than simple possession charges. Someone facing a felony drug arrest in Virginia could be facing stiff mandatory sentencing guidelines, depending on the circumstances.