Roanoke Criminal Lawyer Handling Prescription Drug Charges
Many people make the mistake of thinking that illegally possessing prescription drugs is “no big deal.” This belief comes from the fact that there are circumstances under which people are allowed to use such drugs. The fact of the matter, however, is that prescription medications are a controlled substance and that one may face criminal penalties for possessing or distributing them illegally. These penalties can include prison time, fines, a permanent record, and the inability to gain future employment. If you or a loved one have been charged with a prescription related offense, then it is vital that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense lawyer handling state and federal cases which involve prescription narcotics. She takes pride in the level of service which our firm provides. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also handle matters in Salem and the southwest area of Virginia.
Criminal defense attorney handling prescription drug cases in Roanoke, Salem, and the Western District of Virginia
Virginia considers most prescription drugs to be a “schedule IV” narcotic. Examples of these substances include Ambien, Valium/Diazepam, Rohypnol, Xanax, etc. Possessing such substances without a valid prescription generally leads to misdemeanor charges and can result in a six month jail sentence. Other substances, such as Ketamine, Hydrocodone, and Vicodin are considered “schedule III” drugs and their possession can result in a twelve month jail sentence. Also, possessing prescription pills with the intent to distribute them can lead to charges of drug trafficking and, if the transaction was going to cross state lines, one may find themselves facing federal charges in the Southwest District of Virginia.
Misdemeanor cases are typically heard in the General District Court. The case will begin with an arraignment at which time the defendant enters a “not guilty” plea. As with other drug-related charges, prescription pill cases often depend on whether or not the arresting officers found the drugs through a violation of the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. If it can be shown that such a violation occurred then, depending on the facts of the case, it may be possible to gain a dismissal. Further, a legal concept of constructive possession is often a defense utilized at trial in possession causes. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, then it is the prosecution’s burden to show that the defendant knowingly possessed the pills and that they did not have a valid prescription. A conviction can have a devastating impact on a defendant’s future. It is best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Our criminal defense attorney handles prescription related charges in Roanoke and throughout the southwest part of the state. Cerid will use your initial consultation to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process and to begin formulating a strategy for your defense. She will fully investigate the matter and, if she believes your rights were violated, then our office will file any necessary Motions with the Court. We will argue for the exclusion of any pills which were found through a violation of your rights. If necessary we will take the case to trial and force the prosecution to meet their burden. Cerid understands the serious nature of your situation. We will give your case the attention it deserves.
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 staying in regular communication with clients facing prescription related charges
Many people who are arrested with prescription drugs may have never been in legal trouble before. It is understandable that you may be concerned for your future and are unsure as to how you should proceed. It is important that you retain an attorney who will stay in contact with you and answer your questions. Cerid makes lawyer-client communication a priority and strives to provide a high level of service. It is our honor to serve those in the Roanoke community and we take this obligation very seriously. Contact us today.