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Category Archives: Drug Crimes


Virginia Man Arrested for Armed Robbery & Multiple Drug Crimes

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Virginia law enforcement arrested a man from Sterling on charges of multiple drug crimes and armed robbery, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. This incident traces back to Friday, September 11th at approximately 8 p.m. Deputies of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an armed robbery near the 46000… Read More »

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How Does Virginia Punish Drug Crimes Involving Minors?

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The Commonwealth of Virginia has laws against various drug crimes, such as possession or distribution. In the interest of protecting the health and safety of children, Virginia law has a separate categorization for certain drug crimes involving minors. As explained below, Virginia prohibits any person from advertising drug paraphernalia or distributing drugs to minors…. Read More »

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What is the Difference Between Regular, Counterfeit, & Imitation Controlled Substances in Virginia?

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Under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is a drug crime to possess or distribute illegal drugs, which are officially referred to as controlled substances. Any person who violates these requirements can face misdemeanor or felony charges. If convicted on these charges, there is a real possibility of jail confinement and criminal… Read More »

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Virginia Drug Crimes: Possession vs. Possession with Intent

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Across the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is a drug crime to possess a controlled substance. It is also illegal to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Despite the apparent similarities between these offenses, they are actually punishable as separate crimes. It is important to note that Virginia has separate laws for marijuana…. Read More »

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Marijuana Possession Officially Decriminalized in Virginia

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As of July 1, 2020, possession of marijuana is officially decriminalized and technically no longer a drug crime under Virginia law, according to an article by NBC12. The new laws should have an immediate impact, as studies indicate 29,000 arrests were made in Virginia for possession of marijuana in 2018. The new laws concerning… Read More »

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What is the Virginia Difference Between Drug Distribution & Trafficking Crimes?

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The Commonwealth of Virginia has laws against and penalties for numerous drug crimes, including distribution and trafficking. Although these offenses are both felonies, they are defined and punished separately under Virginia law. Drug Distribution Crimes Code of Virginia Section 18.2-248 makes it unlawful to distribute, manufacture, sell, or gift illegal drugs. This section also… Read More »

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Explaining Common Nuisances & Fortified Drug Houses in Virginia

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Under Virginia law, it is a drug crime to maintain or operate a property for the purposes of conducting illegal drug transactions. Depending on the circumstances, these properties are referred to as common nuisances or fortified drug houses. Any person who maintains or operates these illegal properties can face severe criminal penalties under Virginia… Read More »

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Virginia Governor Signs New Law Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

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Starting July 1st, a first offense of marijuana possession will no longer be considered a drug crime in Virginia, according to an article by ABC affiliate WHSV. When the governor signed House Bill 972 into law, it effectively decriminalized marijuana possession across Virginia. The house bill incorporates several other measures and is the same… Read More »

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What is a Controlled Substance Under Virginia Law?

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It is a drug crime under Virginia law to possess, distribute, or manufacture certain dangerous substances, such as heroin or cocaine. Referred to legally as “controlled substances,” these compounds are often dangerous, and generally devoid of medical benefit. Accordingly, there are strict penalties for the possession, distribution, and manufacture of controlled substances, ranging from… Read More »

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Virginia General Assembly Passes Competing Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana

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Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly approved bills to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana, according to an article by NBC affiliate WCYB. If these measures become law, possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana would not result in charges for a drug crime. On Monday, February 10th, the Virginia House passed HB… Read More »

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