Protect Your Rights & Reputation with David A. Cardon, Experienced Drug Charge Lawyer
More than a million Americans are charged with drug and narcotics crimes every year. Individuals from all walks of life are arrested for drug-related offenses, from teenage students to professional adults and senior citizens. In Virginia, attorney David A. Cardon mounts a strong defense against allegations that can bring harsh penalties and an embarrassing criminal record. At Cardon Law, we can act as your drug charge lawyer in Virginia Beach, VA.
If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. Criminal defense attorney David Cardon offers a strategic advantage, honed from more than two decades of defense practice in this area. He can help you protect your reputation and avoid consequences that can affect your personal and professional life for years to come. To schedule a free consultation, please call us at (757) 306-9060 or contact our office today.
Virginia Drug Law
You can be arrested for drug possession even if no substance is found on your person. Police need only find a drug “within your control,” meaning it is stored in a place that you have primary access to, such as a car glove box or a container under your bed.
There are seven categories of controlled substances defined by the federal government and the Virginia Drug Control Act. Schedule 1 and 2 drugs are those considered the most dangerous. Possession of heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, or cocaine is a Class 5 felony, with potential consequences including 10 years in prison and steep fines. Unauthorized possession of other drugs, including many prescription drugs, are misdemeanor offenses, which can also carry jail penalties and fines.
Virginia is not a medical marijuana state, so any possession of the drug is illegal, with a very minor exception. (A recent bill signed into law provides limited defense for epilepsy patients using cannabidiol or THC-A oil.) Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, but has a separate penalty structure under Virginia law. A possession conviction can come with up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense.
Us here at Cardon Law fight possession charges in a variety of ways. We may challenge police procedure in violation of your civil rights, especially Miranda warnings, and we can file an illegal search and seizure motion. Possession can be difficult to prove, and the “evidence” that a substance was yours can often be successfully refuted.
Other Drug Charges
Charges of distribution, sale, or manufacture of any illegal drug can be very serious. You can be receive felony charges for Schedule 1 or 2 drugs, or for quantities of marijuana weighing half an ounce or more. Prison sentences can be very long and fines well into the six figures.
At Cardon Law, we have effectively defended clients accused of all types of drug crimes. After years spent in Virginia Beach, attorney David Cardon knows the criminal justice system and the key personnel who work in drug prosecution. His goal in every case is dropped charges. If this is impossible, he will work to negotiate favorable terms to minimize your consequences. He is prepared to defend you in any circumstance.
David Cardon knows the criminal justice system and the key personnel who work in drug prosecution. His goal in every case is dropped charges.