Richmond Drug Crimes Lawyers
What Are the Federal Drug Classifications in Virginia?
Drugs are classified according to their level of dependency and abuse as well as whether the drug offers any accepted medical uses:
- Schedule I. Examples include heroin and LSD. This classification is for drugs with no accepted medical use and a high risk of abuse.
- Schedule II. Examples include cocaine, methadone, PCP, and methamphetamine. This classification is for drugs that carry a high risk of abuse and severe dependence, but also have an accepted medical use.
- Schedule III. Examples include anabolic steroids and codeine. These drugs have less potential for abuse and dependency and have an accepted medical use.
- Schedule IV. Examples include Valium, Xanax, and other sedatives. There is even less potential for dependency and abuse and these drugs are accepted in medical treatment.
- Schedule V. These drugs include cough medicine with codeine. They have a low potential for abuse, limited risk for dependency and accepted medical uses.
- Schedule VI. Substances that are not drugs in the traditional sense, but used recreationally, fall into this category. Inhalants like amyl nitrite and nitrous oxide are classified as Schedule VI drugs.
Penalties for Drug Possession
Whether a drug crime is considered a misdemeanor or felony depends on many factors, such as the type and quantity of the controlled substance, previous criminal history, and whether the drugs are for personal use or sale and distribution.
- Misdemeanor possession penalties range from a Class 4 misdemeanor with a $250 fine up to a Class 1 misdemeanor with up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
- For Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 substances, there are no misdemeanor possession charges. You are charged with a felony and can be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison and pay a $2,500 fine.
Penalties for Distribution and Manufacture
Possession with intent to distribute (PWID) may be either a misdemeanor or felony offense in Virginia, but all distribution charges are felonies. Misdemeanor charges carry up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine. Felony charges can bring up to a $500,000 fine and up to 40 years in prison – even lifetime imprisonment for a subsequent offense. Distribution and manufacture of illegal drugs are felonies. Depending on the quantity of drugs in the case and other factors, fines reach up to $1 million and a prison term of life.
Janus & Stone Drug Crime Legal Counsel
We have decades of experience in criminal law and drug crimes, staying abreast of changing statutes and penalties. Combining our extensive knowledge of drug laws with a thorough understanding of the details of your case, we can design a tailored approach to your defense.
Some of the drug crimes we defend include:
- Possession of Illegal Drugs
- Intent to Distribute Illegal Drugs
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Manufacture
- Prescription Fraud
Drug crimes can carry big fines and jail time, but the drug laws in Virginia provide opportunities for interpretation in the hands of a skilled defense lawyer. Attorney Taylor B. Stone’s understanding of drug laws and the local and federal justice system enable him to effectively evaluate your case and devise strategies for your defense.
“Mr. Stone went to work on my behalf and came out with a positive result that allowed me to continue working in my career.”- Emcnell
“He will give his all to help you be able to win your case. Hands down the best out there.”- Michael
“Mr. Taylor Stone is an incredible lawyer. He took great care of me at every step and always made sure I was completely informed.”- Ryan