Is Possession of Marijuana A Serious Charge In Virginia Beach?

by J.D. Garrett on January 24, 2013

Criminal attorneys for marijuana charges in Virginia Beach Despite the recent changes to marijuana laws in other states, possession of marijuana is still a criminal offense in Virginia. While it may not be considered by many to be a serious offense, people are routinely punished in Virginia Beach and Norfolk by stiff fines and active jail time for simple possession of marijuana. Simple possession of marijuana, even first offenses, are Class 1 misdemeanor criminal charges that are subject to a maximum punishment of a $2500 fine, up to a year in jail, and loss of your privilege to drive for six months.

Virginia law does permit the court to not find someone guilty who is charged with a first-time possession of marijuana. In certain circumstances, the court has the discretion to place the individual on probation for a period of time, and subject to successfully completing certain terms of that probation, dismiss the charge entirely. While the law permits this opportunity to everyone, it is solely in the discretion of the judge. Some judges are reluctant to afford this opportunity to those who are “too old” and should know better,  or to parents regardless of their age, and even to some teenagers who might not seem to grasp the seriousness of the charge. It is advisable to have your case presented by a criminal defense lawyer who knows what the judge is looking to hear.

For subsequent offenses, judges are less accommodating and understanding. While the possible punishments are the same as for first offenses, in these situations, the judge is more likely to sentence someone more harshly. For these cases, a criminal attorney can likely present your case in such a way to reduce that time, or even eliminate it entirely.

If you have been charged with possession of marijuana, contact Garrett Law Group, PLC today to speak with an experienced marijuana defense lawyer. (757) 422-4646. Our attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7/365.

Relevant Virginia Statute: § 18.2-250.1

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