Marijuana, heroin, ecstasy cocaine, crack, (cocaine base) and meth are
very frequently abused drugs. Accordingly the
criminal justice system is flooded with violations for both possession and distribution of these
Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield Courts devote the majority of their
criminal dockets to prosecutions for these offenses. Virginia Code sections
18.2-248, 18.2-250, 18.2-250.1 and 18,2-251 detail punishments for the
most common Virginia drug offenses.
In addition, the United States District Court in Richmond also pursues
federal charges under 21 USC 846, and 21 USC 841 for violation of conspiracy
to distribute drug charges. Undercover officers and confidential informants
(colloquially referred to as "snitches") are often used to prosecute
these charges. These cases are challenging to defend. Thus, a person charged
with distribution will benefit from having a seasoned defense attorney
As most people are aware, the punishment for distribution is far greater
than the punishment for simple possession. I have participated in thousands
of drug distribution cases. There are many ways to emerge victorious from
these charges. Illegal arrests, unconstitutional seizures or unconstitutional
searches can result in dismissal.
If you are caught selling drugs in the Richmond area it is prudent to consider
using an attorney with former prosecutorial experience. Additionally,
you should promptly inform your lawyer of the circumstances surrounding
your arrest. The constitutionality of the police encounter with you is
likely a crucial issue in your defense.