Don’t Let A Drug Arrest Become A Damaging Criminal Record
The war on drugs has led to unprecedented damage to the lives of young people in the United States. Many people with drug convictions find themselves unable to get a job or professional license that requires a background check.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you should never plead guilty. Pleading guilty to any misdemeanor or felony offense will result in a permanent criminal record. Even if you receive probation and a fine instead of a jail sentence, the effect of a criminal conviction can be more damaging than all of the other punishments combined.
At Lutins & Pilgreen, PC, in Roanoke, Virginia, we offer a initial consultation to discuss your case and explain your options. In many cases, our attorneys are able to resolve drug charges without a damaging conviction.
Protecting You From The Stigma Of A Drug Conviction
Possession or distribution of a small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Virginia. Most other drug charges are felonies. Conviction of a felony can result in a lengthy prison sentence and the loss of civil rights such as the right to vote and bear arms. In addition, few employers would want to hire someone who has a felony on his or her record.
Our lawyers defend people charged with all types of drug charges in Virginia, including:
- Possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, PCP and LSD
- Possession of prescription drugs without a prescription
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Drug trafficking
- Federal drug charges
Drug charges and asset forfeiture: The government has many weapons at its disposal when prosecuting drug charges. For example, the police may seek forfeiture of your vehicle, money or other property on the basis that it is related to a crime. Because law enforcement receives the proceeds, police officers may seize assets with little justification. Property owners bear the burden of proving that the property was not related to a crime.
Our Drug Defense Lawyers Will Fight For You
There are many defenses to drug charges. For example, if police obtained drug evidence as the result of an illegal search and seizure, our lawyers can seek to suppress the evidence.