Roanoke Drug Trafficking Lawyer Handling State & Federal Charges
Virginia prosecutors actively pursue those who engage in drug trafficking. While simple possession cases can sometimes be attributed to issues of addiction, the trafficking of narcotics is seen as conduct of a more serious nature. A defendant will typically face felony charges and may even find themselves being prosecuted in federal court most often as a conspiracy charge. A conviction can mean prison time, a permanent criminal record, and the inability to gain future employment. If you or a loved one have been arrested for trafficking narcotics, then it is vital that you retain an experienced attorney. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer who is licensed in both state and federal court. She prides herself on providing a high level of representation and she will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today. We also assist those in Salem and other southwest areas of our state.
Drug trafficking attorney assisting residents charged in Roanoke, Salem, or other southwest Virginia areas
Virginia considers a person to be trafficking in narcotics if they manufacture, distribute, or possess controlled substances with the intention of distribution. Federal law divides controlled substances by schedules and our state adopted these categories of drugs. The different “schedules” are based on their potential for addiction and possible medical value. Schedule I drugs are seen as having a high potential for addiction with no medical value. Schedule II drugs are lower on the scale and so on. Trafficking a schedule I or II narcotic results in felony charges and the defendant faces a possible sentence of up to forty years in prison. A life sentence may be levied upon those convicted of trafficking more than one hundred grams of heroin, ten or more grams of methamphetamine, as well as other amounts of certain narcotics. If the drugs cross state lines, then an accused may find themselves charged in federal court. These penal consequences are in addition to financial fines and other penalties one may face.
A drug trafficking charge in state court begins with the entry of a “not guilty” plea at the defendant’s arraignment. A trial date is most often set at arraignment should an attorney already be involved, if not, an attorney advisement date will be set. The prosecution will provide defense counsel with any police reports and other evidence which must be disclosed under the Brady decision. Trafficking cases often hinge on whether law enforcement found the drugs through an unconstitutional search of the defendant’s vehicle or person. If the Court finds that the search was unlawful, then any evidence found, as a result, may possibly be excluded from the proceedings. Depending on the circumstances such an exclusion may result in a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal is not possible, then it will be the prosecution’s burden to prove that the defendant knowingly possessed the drugs with the intent to distribute them. These types of cases can involve complicated legal issues and it is important to retain an experienced lawyer.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense attorney who handles state and federal drug trafficking cases. Once retained she will immediately begin formulating your defense. This will include quickly obtaining all available discovery and launching a full investigation into the matter. If she believes that the narcotics were found due to an unlawful search and seizure, then she will file any appropriate Motions with the Court. She will aggressively examine the arresting officers at an evidentiary hearing and argue to the Court as to why your Fourth Amendment rights were violated. If necessary she will prepare your case for trial and challenge any claims that you knowingly possessed the narcotics. She will be in regular communication with you throughout this process and will make sure that your questions are answered. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
We also serve the cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.
Virginia lawyer handling federal drug trafficking charges
Not all attorneys are licensed to practice in federal court. If you have been charged in the Western District of Virginia, then it is crucial that you retain a lawyer who is able to handle your case. Cerid practices in federal court and is able to assist those charged with drug trafficking. It is important to understand that federal charges mean that you are facing the United States government. You need a qualified lawyer to assist you.