Under both federal and Virginia state laws, it is illegal to possess certain controlled substances. When someone is found to be in possession of illicit substances, he or she can be arrested and then criminally charged. Drug charges can be complicated, though, and it is important to have a solid understanding of one’s situation when preparing a criminal defense.
When is it drug possession?
The main elements of a drug possession charge can be boiled down to two things. The first is that a defendant accused of possession must have known that the substance in question was a controlled substance. The second is that he or she knowingly possessed the drug. Examples of controlled substances that might be at play in drug charges include:
What about drug paraphernalia?
It is possible to be arrested on drug charges without actually having an illegal substance on one’s person. Possession of drug paraphernalia is also prohibited by law. This means that one can be arrested for possessing any of the following paraphernalia:
- Crack pipes
Drug charges can very easily derail the course of a person’s future. A conviction can lead to things like jail time, fine, not to mention the criminal record that results. It can even make it harder to find and maintain gainful employment. Minimizing this type of impact is often a priority for Virginia defendants, and this often involves conducting a thorough review of one’s charges and all related evidence underneath the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney.