Marijuana Possession

Hampton Roads Marijuana Attorney

What are Virginia’s Marijuana Laws?

Marijuana laws are in flux across the nation. A few states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana while many others have decriminalized such use making possession for one's own use similar to a traffic ticket. In Virginia, possession of marijuana for medical use is allowed but possession without a valid prescription by a medical doctor can lead to a criminal charge.

If you find yourself facing such a charge, you should seek the advice of our firm, the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, P.C. Our legal team has experience in handling marijuana charges in the local criminal justice system. We can analyze, investigate, and defend your case to help bring about the least disruption and harm to your life and future.

What is the Penalty for Possession of Marijuana in Virginia?

  • A first offense of possessing less than half an ounce of marijuana for your own personal use is charged as a misdemeanor in Virginia. This charge is punishable up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
  • A subsequent offense is also charged as a misdemeanor with penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Probation and Treatment Programs

Under Virginia law, however, you may be eligible for a case dismissal providing you complete a probation and treatment program. You will still be subject to a six-month driver's license suspension which Virginia imposes under a 1991 law.

The probation and treatment program is generally for first offenders who are required to pay for part of the entire program out of their own pocket based on their financial ability. Costs can include expenses for screening, testing, treatment and/ or education. The individual must successfully complete the entire program and while on probation must remain drug free which is determined through drug testing. The program also includes community service hours. If the individual does not comply with all terms of the probation or drug program, he or she will be subject to a guilty charge by the court followed by its decision as to sentencing.

Get Capable and Trusted Legal Help Today

A marijuana charge could result in a permanent criminal record. Get the help you need from a skilled criminal defense attorney at our firm. Many ways and means exist in defending such cases which our firm can investigate and put into action.

Contact us for a free case analysis to get started today.

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