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Fredericksburg Drug Defense Attorney in Northern Virginia

Drug abuse is a serious issue in our society, but that does not change the fact that you are innocent until proven guilty.

If you face charges involving drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, or methamphetamines in northern Virginia, you cannot afford to sit back and hope for the best in your criminal case.

At Buczek Carpenter, our defense attorneys are no strangers to the criminal justice system or drug cases. 

Our drug defense lawyers will put together a strong defense and fight for the best possible outcome in your case, whether that is a negotiated deal with the prosecution or achieving an acquittal at trial. 

As experienced attorneys in drug defense, we will be prepared for every possibility and ready to limit your exposure to criminal penalties and the collateral consequences of having a criminal record.

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How does Virginia Law Classify Drugs?

Virginia State Code § 18.2-250 makes drug possession a crime under the following provision:

“A. It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by the Drug Control Act (§ 54.1-3400 et seq.).”

Furthermore, Virginia state law labels possession of Schedule I and II class drugs as a Class 5 felony, with possession of Schedule III class drugs and below constituting a misdemeanor ranging from the following:

  • “…Controlled substance classified in Schedule III shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

  • “Violation of this section with respect to a controlled substance classified in Schedule IV shall be punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.”

  • “…Schedule V shall be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor.”

  • “…a controlled substance classified in Schedule VI shall be punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor.”


Defending People Accused of Drug Crimes

At Buczek Carpenter, Our drug defense lawyers fight for people in Fredericksburg and northern Virginia against a wide range of felony and misdemeanor drug charges at the state and federal level, including:

  • Possession: The most common drug charge, as law enforcement casts a wide net.
  • Delivery: The transferring of a controlled substance (illegal drug) to another person.
  • Manufacturing: Producing controlled substances such as LSD, heroin, methamphetamines, and cocaine. Similar charges can be brought against marijuana grow-ops.

Whether you face charges involving a Schedule I or Schedule VI drug, state or federal charges, or felony or misdemeanor charges, one thing is certain: you cannot afford to be without a strong defense. Having a drug conviction on your record can complicate your life long after the fines have been paid and your time has been served. A criminal record will make it more difficult to find employment, housing, and other opportunities for the rest of your life.

Put an Experienced Drug Crime Defense Attorney on Your Side

You cannot afford to go it alone in the face of drug charges. Your future is too important. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Fredericksburg criminal defense attorney.

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