In the Code of Virginia, § 18.2-248 describes the offense of "possessing with intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance." Possession with intent is a serious allegation that typically assumes the accused is participating in a larger drug economy. No sale even has to take place—only the assertion that the accused was planning to distribute the substance.
Like other states, Virginia organizes controlled substances into a schedule to help decide how seriously certain drug offenses should be treated. Schedule I is contains the substances the government deems most dangerous (such as heroin, LSD, etc.), while Schedule IV contains prescription medications with addictive qualities.
Penalties for a possession with intent charge can include:
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There are other factors to consider with each of these cases, including the quantity of the substance found and the accused's criminal history. If you are facing a possession with intent accusation, my firm is ready to hear from you. I'm prepared to assess the circumstances of your case and, if necessary, thoroughly challenge the Commonwealth's allegations against you both in and outside the courtroom.
If you have been charged with possession with intent, then the time to speak with a dedicated and proven Fredericksburg drug crime defense attorney is now. I am Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law, a former prosecutor with an intimate knowledge with how our Virginia courts pursue drug convictions. I know what needs to be done to protect my clients' interests and how to ensure they are given the defense they deserve before our justice system.
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