For decades, America has been waging a war on drugs. While the success of the program is debatable, it is true that law enforcement offices across the country are overloaded with cases involving a wide variety of drug crimes. The state of Virginia is no different. In 2015, the Virginia State Police reported over 56,000 drug-related arrests. Drug offenses accounted for more than one-quarter of all Group A offenses (the most serious) in the state that year. These arrests are common and can carry incredibly severe penalties, especially in Virginia.
Regardless of how you’ve come to find yourself in this situation, every person has rights guaranteed by law, and an experienced drug defense attorney can help protect those rights. If you or someone you love has been arrested for a drug-related offense, our Fairfax legal team may be able to help.
Types of Drug Offense Cases Our Fairfax Defense Law Firm Handles
There are a wide variety of drug offenses in Virginia, encompassing many different substances and circumstances. Typically, charges are based on the type of drug, the amount, and other factors of the arrest. At Manikas Law, our skilled legal team has helped many individuals fight their charges and move forward with their lives. We handle many types of cases involving both narcotic and prescription drugs, including:
- Marijuana possession
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession with the intent to distribute
- Manufacturing or cultivation of illegal drugs
- Prescription drug fraud
Even if you aren’t sure if your charge falls under one of these categories or if a lawyer can help, reach out to our Fairfax office today. We can answer your questions and help you decide how to most effectively proceed. We handle cases throughout northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington, and Alexandria
Virginia Imposes Harsh Consequences on Convicted Drug Offenders
Facing any type of drug charge in Virginia is incredibly serious. Even first-time offenders can find themselves facing severe consequences, and charges can escalate quickly based on a number of factors. In addition, individuals often find themselves facing personal and financial repercussions. The legal and personal penalties can include:
- Jail time
- Loss of security clearance
- Loss of employment
- Court-ordered rehabilitation
Not only are the punishments severe, the state does not offer any type of record expungement. Once an individual is convicted of a crime, the offense will remain on his record forever. Those accused of a drug crime will not be able to go back to undo the damage done; the time to challenge the charge is now.
How Our Virginia Drug Offenses Attorney May Be Able to Help
With the high stakes consequences to your personal and professional life, your finances, and your family, a Virginia drug charge needs to be taken seriously right from the start. These cases can be complex, and you need an attorney who is prepared to fully address your specific charge. Our staff has unique insights into and useful knowledge of the investigation and prosecution process. We know the local legal system, prosecutors, and judges, and that familiarity gives us an edge in predicting their next moves. In addition to this valuable experience, the Manikas Law legal team can address the many complex issues often associated with these cases, including:
- Constitutional search and seizure
- Scientific and technical issues
- Witness credibility
- Evidentiary issues
Every drug-related charge is different, and individuals should consult an experienced lawyer to ensure they understand the full scope of their unique situation. When you call Manikas Law, you will find an experienced and aggressive attorney ready to challenge law enforcement and fight to protect your rights. Our team has a proven record of success, and we can help you obtain the best possible legal outcome.