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Helping you minimize the consequences of a drug arrest

State and federal prosecutors are increasingly cracking down on drug crimes. The criminal defense lawyers of the W. Ware Morrison Law Group understand that a criminal conviction can affect all aspects of your life, from employment to housing to family relationships. We aggressively defend individuals facing drug charges ranging from marijuana possession to drug trafficking and work diligently to reduce the negative consequences.

Virginia’s drug laws

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Drug Crimes

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Under Virginia law, depending on the circumstances of your arrest, prosecutors can charge you with a variety of drug crimes. Factors that influence the actual charges against you include the nature of the offense (possession vs. distribution), the type of drug, the amount of drug, your prior criminal record and the involvement of a weapon or other aggravating factors. Common drug charges include:

To defend a drug charge, our attorneys fully investigate whether the police followed proper procedures at the time of your arrest. Violations of your Fourth Amendment rights, which protect you from unreasonable searches and seizures, can result in the suppression of key evidence and the possible dismissal or reduction of charges.

Virginia drug possession charges

Possession of a controlled substance is one of the most common drug charges in Virginia. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense, and conviction can result in a wide variety of penalties, from less than one year in jail to several years behind bars.


The punishment for unlawful possession largely depends how the drug is categorized; controlled substances are classified by schedule according to their potential for abuse, danger and other factors. For example, possession of a Schedule I or II drug, such as heroin or cocaine, is a Class 5 felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. Schedule IV drugs, such as Valium, are Class 2 misdemeanors, which carry up to six months of jail time and a fine not to exceed $1,000.


Possession of marijuana is treated separately under Virginia law. If you’re found guilty of possession, which is a misdemeanor, you can be sentenced to no more than thirty days in jail and/or a fine of not more than $500. Subsequent convictions result in more serious penalties.

If you are found with a small amount of drugs, you will likely face charges of simple possession. The greater the amount, the greater the chances you may be charged with possession with intent to distribute. Drug manufacturing, selling, distributing and possession with the intent to carry out these activities are among the most serious drug crimes in Virginia. Even for first-time offenders, the penalties for these felony crimes are often serious.


The punishment for these crimes largely depends on the type and quantity of the illegal substance found in your possession. For example, the punishment for a Schedule I or II substance is imprisonment for not less than five but not more than 40 years and a fine of not more than $500,000. However, Virginia law establishes steep penalties for anyone who manufactures, sells, distributes or possesses with the intent to sell or distribute:

The potential penalties include imprisonment for five years to life and a fine of up to $1 million. Given the seriousness of these drug crimes, it is imperative to have a skilled criminal lawyer by your side.



Call our experienced criminal defense lawyers if you’re arrested on drug charges


The knowledgeable and seasoned attorneys of the W. Ware Morrison Law Group have successfully assisted numerous clients in the Virginia Beach and Norfolk areas defend drug charges. For a free initial consultation about your case, call us today at 757.401.4378 or contact us online to discuss your case.

  • Possession of a controlled substance

  • Possession with intent to distribute or sell

  • Manufacture of a controlled substance

  • Distribution or sale of a controlled substance

  • Trafficking a controlled substance

Virginia manufacture, sale and distribution charges

  • 100 grams or more of heroin

  • 500 grams or more of cocaine

  • 10 grams or more of methamphetamine