While opinions on marijuana use and changes in state drug laws are sweeping the nation, the penalties for drug charges in Virginia remain stiff as ever. With the exception of some simple possession or possession of drug paraphernalia charges, most drug charges are classified as felonies. Conviction can result in decades-long prison sentences and thousands of dollars in fines.
If you or a member of your family was arrested for possession of marijuana or another controlled substance, contact Gardner & Mendoza, P.C., Virginia Beach drug defense attorneys. We have experience in every courtroom throughout the region.
STATE AND FEDERAL DRUG DEFENSE
Depending on the drug involved, the quantity and the circumstances of the charge, your case may involve state and/or federal court. Our criminal defense lawyers have experience with both. We have pursued cases involving marijuana, crack and cocaine, heroin, meth, club drugs like MDMA, and prescription drugs like Xanax and Ritalin. We have fought all kinds of drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute, drug manufacturing and drug trafficking. Our breadth of experience is an invaluable asset that not all criminal defense firms can offer.
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
While many other attorneys rush into plea bargaining, we believe in a thorough, rights-guided approach. The prosecution has to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and we hold them to that standard. Many times, our approach results in case acquittal or dismissal due to insufficient evidence, law enforcement mistakes and/or constitutional rights infringements, including unlawful stop or failure to read Miranda rights at the time of arrest.
When you work with us, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your best interests are being protected. We do everything possible to keep your permanent record from hindering your future prospects. Whether you are a college student looking to complete your degree, a military service member on base in Virginia, a young professional who is new on the job market, or someone who is established in your community and career, we can help.