Despite recent changes to the law which began the process of legalizing marijuana possession in Virginia, marijuana distribution, Va. Code 18.2-248.1, is still a crime in Virginia. It is serious and it is prosecuted zealously.
Possession with Intent to Distribute – Marijuana Distribution – can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. If the offense involves up to one ounce of marijuana, then it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by up to year one in jail. One ounce to five pounds of marijuana is a Class 5 Felony, punishable by up to 10 years. Over five pounds of marijuana is an unclassified Felony, which carries a possible sentence of 5-30 years. The new changes to the law regarding simple possession have not changed this.
Marijuana distribution can lead to other charges such as Racketeering or Conspiracy. Further charges are also possible if firearms are involved. Evidence of a sale actually occurring is not necessary for you to be charged with distribution. Evidence of distribution can be found by other items, such as baggies, scales, and cash. The police may get a warrant to search your phone and review messages and photos.
A local criminal defense attorney in Virginia can anticipate these issues, and others, to defend you against this serious charge in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun. Contact our Criminal Defense team to learn how our client-focused approach can help fight for you.