In the Code of Virginia, §18.2-250 makes the act of "possession of controlled substances unlawful." Because the severity of drug offenses like possession depends on many factors, they must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Factors that dictate the severity of a possession charge include:
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Those found with Schedule I or II substances will be charged with a felony offense. All other possession offenses involving substances in other categories will likely be charged as a misdemeanor.
The consequences for possession charges may include:
Schedule I or II Possession
2-10 years in prison and/or up to $2,500 in fines
Schedule III Possession
Up to 12 months in jail and/or up to $2,500 in fines
Schedule IV Possession
Up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines
Schedule V Possession
Up to $500 in fines
Schedule VI Possession
Up to $250 in fines
Have you or a loved one been accused of drug possession? If so, they may be facing serious legal consequences. Drug possession is one of the most common drug offenses charged in Virginia and, unlike other states that have eased their possession laws, our state continues to classify many of these crimes as a felony offense.
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