Tireless Virginia Drug Crimes Attorneys Protect Your Rights in and Out of Court

Defense for dealing, possession with intent to sell, and trafficking

Launched in the 1980s, the war on drugs seemed like good public policy, with its goal of keeping drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our kids. However, it has resulted in many people facing serious consequences for something as simple as possessing a small amount of marijuana. Even possession charges can turn into trafficking charges at the whim of prosecutors, so it's essential to have an experienced and compassionate lawyer fighting for you. At Shoemaker & Straw, PLLC, our skilled legal team works hard to protect you from overzealous law enforcement officials.

Police and prosecutors diligently pursue drug offenders

Police officers are known to be tough on those accused of drug offenses. In their zeal, they often fail to follow the proper procedures when making an arrest, and prosecutors have been known to push for more severe charges than are warranted. In some cases, innocent people have been charged with drug possession, distribution or trafficking simply because they were in the same house or car in which drugs were found.

The following are some of the most common types of drug charges:

  • Possession. Possession of even small amounts of illegal substances can carry hefty penalties, especially if you are charged with the intention to distribute. Charges may include fines of up to $2,500, depending on the schedule of the drug, and prison sentences of up to 10 years.
  • Dealing and trafficking. Dealing or trafficking drugs means the resale of illegal narcotics, although police may charge you with these crimes simply for transporting drugs across town for someone else. Trafficking charges carry mandatory minimum sentences that can range from five to 40 years.
  • Prescription drug crimes. Police have begun to pay more attention to the illegal market for prescription drugs. Something as small as giving a friend a couple of Vicodin can result in fines of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

Skilled attorneys give you the representation you need

With the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney, you can defend yourself from the serious consequences associated with drug possession or trafficking charges. Our attorneys are experienced in representing adults and those charged with juvenile crimes; we know how to question the evidence in your case and the circumstances of the arrest to help fight the charges against you. We offer a diligent defense against both felonies and misdemeanors.

Speak with an experienced drug crimes defense attorney today

To learn more about your options, call Shoemaker & Straw, PLLC today at 434-338-7092 or contact us online. We'll get right to work crafting a defense strategy on your behalf. Our team proudly serves all of Lynchburg and the surrounding communities in Amherst County and beyond.