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Possession of Marijuana Criminal Defense Attorney in Arlington VA

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Arlington, VA Possession of Marijuana Defense Attorney


Possession of marijuana is a drug crime more serious than many people believe. Despite the fact that more and more states are making marijuana legal for recreational and medical use, marijuana possession in Virginia is a crime which can bring about harsh penalties and a permanent criminal record for those convicted. If you are in search of a criminal defense lawyer in Arlington who has the experience and committed approach essential to providing outstanding legal representation, count on Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm.


Under Virginia Code Section 18.2-251.1 a person is only considered lawfully in possession of marijuana when he/she is undergoing treatment for glaucoma or cancer and has a valid prescription from a practicing physician for medical marijuana. Otherwise, possessing marijuana is unlawful and may result in criminal charges.


Penalties for Possession of Marijuana in Virginia


A first-time offender who is found guilty of marijuana possession will face up to a $500 fine, up to 30 days in jail, and a mandatory driver's license suspension for six months. Those who are convicted for a second or subsequent marijuana possession offense will be subject to fines of up to $2,500, driver's license suspension for six months, and a maximum of 12 months in jail.


It is important to note that depending on the amount of marijuana in your possession, police may "trump up" charges to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. For example, if you are found to have more pot in your possession than would be considered normal for personal consumption, police and or prosecutors may suspect you intended to sell or distribute the marijuana. In such cases, you may face felony possession with intent to distribute charges and if convicted, penalties that include a maximum of 10 years in prison if the amount in your possession is between half an ounce and five pounds. When found in possession of more than five pounds, the punishment increases to between five and 30 years in prison.


Contact The Tuomey Law Firm Now


As you can see the consequences of a marijuana possession conviction are serious, and may impact not only your freedom but your reputation, career, and future. Consulting with a highly qualified Arlington criminal defense lawyer is vital when faced with serious drug crime accusations. Contact Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm now for outstanding legal guidance and support, and to learn of legal options that may be available in your situation. Phone : 703-535-5577