A Virginia court seal, usually seen in a criminal defense case in Newport News and Hampton.

CRIMES INVOLVING HEALTH AND SAFETY


Drugs

POSSESSION

  • Possession of a controlled substance:  It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless the substance is obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription.
  • Possession of a controlled substance is punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.
  • VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-250/

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA

  • It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess marijuana unless the substance is obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription.
  • Possession of marijuan is punishable by up to 30 days jail and/or a $500 fine for first simple possession.  Second offense simple possession marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
  • VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-250.1/

MANUFACTURING/POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL

  • Distribution of a controlled substance:  It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, give, distribute, or possess with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance.
  • Distribution is punishable by up to 40 years in prison for a first offense and life in prison for subsequent offenses.
  • http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-250.1/

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