Roanoke Defense Attorney Handling Methamphetamine Charges
Methamphetamine abuse is a serious issue in many U.S. communities. Prosecutors will aggressively pursue charges related to meth and judges show little to no patience for those convicted of possession or trafficking. A conviction can result in prison time, a permanent criminal record, the inability to pass a background check, as well as other consequences. If you or a loved one have been arrested for a meth related offense then it is crucial that you retain a lawyer experienced in handling such matters. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense attorney who is licensed in both state and federal court. Our firm strives to provide the highest level of representation and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today. We also handle matters in Salem and throughout southwest Virginia.
Roanoke lawyer handling meth cases and other related charges
Virginia classifies methamphetamine as a “schedule II” substance. Possessing the substance leads to felony charges and possessing more than ten grams can lead to one being charged with drug trafficking. Penalties for the former can include up to two years in Virginia state prison and a fine of up to $2,500. Penalties for the latter may possibly include a life sentence. These are in addition to penalties which may be levied for other conduct, such as if the accused was in illegal possession of a gun at the time they were arrested.
A felony case begins with the defendant entering a “not guilty” plea at their 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. Defense counsel will be provided with “discovery” by the prosecution. The discovery will include the arrest reports, witness statements, and other evidence which the state is required to provide under law. As with many other types of drug charges, meth cases sometimes stem from law enforcement’s finding of drugs through a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights. These violations may include the police stopping a defendant without probable cause of criminal activity, etc. If the Court finds that the finding of evidence was unconstitutional then, depending on the facts of the case, it may be possible to gain a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal cannot be gained, then the matter will proceed to trial. It will be the prosecution’s burden to show that the accused knowingly and intentionally possessed the methamphetamine. Retaining an experienced attorney is the best way to ensure that your rights remain protected.
Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer handling state and federal cases which involve methamphetamine. Cerid will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of how your were arrested and to help you understand what to expect from the process. She will immediately request all available discovery and launch an investigation into the matter. If she believes that your rights were violated, then all appropriate Motions will be filed on your behalf. She will challenge the admissibility of any drugs and request a dismissal. If the case moves forward, and a resolution cannot be reached, then we will prepare your case for trial and protect your interests throughout the process. This is a serious time in your life and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today.
Virginia attorney providing quality service to Roanoke and Salem defendants who face methamphetamine related charges
If you were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines, then you have likely been charged with a felony. This means that you have enough to be concerned about and you do not need the added aggravation of a lawyer who does not return messages. Cerid makes attorney-client communication a priority. This includes timely responding to phone calls, emails, and making herself available to address your concerns. It is our privilege to serve the commonwealth of Virginia and we take this obligation seriously.
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.