Roanoke Defense Lawyer Handling Cases Involving Heroin
Current news reports are full of stories about the country’s “heroin crisis” and its “opioid epidemic.” The increase in heroin use has resulted in prosecutors aggressively pursuing charges and judges showing little leniency for those who are arrested, charged, and then, convicted. Being arrested for the possession or trafficking of heroin can result in prison time, fines, a criminal record, and disqualification from future employment prospects. If you or a loved one are in such a situation, then it is important that you contact an attorney immediately. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense lawyer handling cases which involve heroin. Cerid has been licensed since 2008 and she believes that everyone is entitled to the highest levels of representation. Contact our our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Salem and other southwest Virginia areas.
Virginia attorney handling charges for the possession of heroin in Roanoke, Salem, and elsewhere
Virginia divides controlled substances into different “schedules.” Heroin is considered a “schedule I” narcotic, which means it is the most serious classification. Possession of any amount of the drug will result in class 4 felony charges. Such an offense carries a sentence of two to ten years in prison in addition to fines of up to $2,500. If an individual attempts to distribute the narcotic to another, or if they are caught with more than one hundred grams, then they likely face drug trafficking charges. A trafficking conviction can result in up to forty years in prison. These penalties are in addition to those which may be levied for other crimes which were committed at the same time the accused individual was arrested.
A felony case begins with the defendant entering a plea of “not guilty” in the Circuit Court. 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 be required to provide the defense with arrest reports and other evidence. If the police found the drugs by violating the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights, then it may be possible to gain a ruling, stating that the narcotics will be inadmissible in Court. Depending on the facts of the case, such a ruling may result in the charges being dismissed. If the case is not dismissed, then it will be the prosecution’s burden to show that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed the drugs. Should it be a jury trial, the jurors will decide guilt or innocence and determine a sentence and the Judge would determine whether to uphold the sentence, if necessary. Litigating a criminal case will involve complicated legal issues and it is important to retain an experienced lawyer.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke attorney who handles matters involving the possession or trafficking of heroin. She will use your initial consultation to learn about the facts surrounding your arrest and to hear your side of the story. Cerid will inform the court and the prosecution that she is representing you. Our office will immediately obtain all available evidence and will also visit the scene of your arrest. If Cerid believes that the police violated your rights against an unreasonable search and seizure, then she will file the appropriate Motions with the Court. She will aggressively examine the law enforcement officers at an evidentiary hearing before requesting a dismissal of the charges. If necessary we will prepare your case for trial and make sure your rights are protected through the entire process. We understand that this is a serious time in your life. We will take your case seriously. Contact us today.
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.
Roanoke lawyer handling federal cases involving the trafficking of heroin
If one is caught transporting heroin across state lines, then they may find themselves facing federal criminal charges for drug trafficking. Not all attorneys are licensed to practice in federal court. It is, therefore, important to contact someone who is able to assist you. Cerid is licensed in the Western District of Virginia and she assists those who are being prosecuted by the U.S. government. We believe that everyone in the Roanoke area is entitled to the highest levels of representation. We strive to provide that level of service in every case we handle.