Drug Distribution Penalties
Drug crimes are dealt with harshly in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The penalties for conviction of drug distribution are more severe than for drug possession. Distribution of prescription tranquilizers carries a prison sentence of 1 to 5 years. If convicted of distribution of a schedule I drug (such as GHB, ecstasy or heroin) or a schedule II drug (includes PCP, methamphetamine, cocaine and methadone) as a first offense the prison term ranges from 5 to 40 years with fines up to $500,000. A second offense can result in imprisonment for life. An arrest for marijuana distribution involving less than half an ounce can result in seizure of your vehicle and if convicted time in jail. You need the guidance of an experienced
defense attorney if you have been accused of drug distribution.
How is distribution prosecuted?
Simply being arrested and charged with a crime is not at all the same as being convicted. The burden of proving that you knowingly and intentionally distributed drugs rests with the prosecution. Cases concerning transporting, manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances are generally complex. These often involve search and seizure issues, evidentiary issues concerning the chain of custody of the seized substances, witness credibility as well as technical and scientific issues. Crucial parts of the prosecution's case may rest on the testimony of witnesses who are already involved in the drug trade and whose credibility may be questionable. A knowledgeable drug crime lawyer knows how to challenge all of these issues to your advantage.
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With years of experience as a former prosecutor, Mr. Bullard is well versed in the procedural standards which must be met by police and prosecutors during the investigation and prosecution phases of a case. If you have questions concerning the charges you are facing or wish to know more as to what could be done in your defense, call for a consultation with a skilled criminal defense lawyer at our firm.