Domestic Disturbance Leads to Seizure of 14 Pounds of Marijuana
Responding to reports of a domestic disturbance, Williamsburg police discovered approximately 14 pounds of marijuana, according to an article by WTKR. As a result of this discovery, a man and woman were charged with drug crimes.
When police arrived at the house in question, they questioned the man and requested proof of identity. The man provided false identification, which police attempted to confirm. In the process, police found a suitcase full of marijuana and $10,000 in cash. Police also found other drugs in the man’s possession and a minor amount of marijuana in the woman’s possession.
Overall, the man was charged with giving false identity to a law enforcement officer, possession with intent to distribute marijuana as well as possession of Schedule II and IV drugs. The woman was charged with simple possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice.
To properly grasp the impact of this news story, we need to review Virginia laws concerning possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
How Does Virginia Address Marijuana Possession?
Code of Virginia section 18.2-248 makes it a crime to possess any amount of marijuana. There is an exception for medicinal use with a valid license. But on the whole, marijuana is an illegal drug in Virginia. The law of Virginia differentiates between possession of small and large amounts.
- Simple Possession
- Simple possession of marijuana refers to the possession of less than one half ounce.
- For the first offense, simple possession is a misdemeanor crime that carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and $500 in fines.
- For subsequent offenses, simple possession is a misdemeanor crime that carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and $2,500 in fines.
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Possession with intent to distribute applies when the amount of marijuana exceeds one half ounce. The penalties escalate based on the amount of marijuana.
- For one half ounce to five pounds, it is a felony punishable by a maximum of one to 10 years in jail and $2,500 in fines.
- For five pounds to 100 kilograms, it is a felony punishable by a maximum of five to 30 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
- For more than 100 kilograms, it is a felony punishable by a maximum of 20 years to life in jail and up to $100,000 in fines.
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Whether you are dealing with charges for drug possession, drug distribution or other crimes, the criminal justice system can a frightening place. There are many considerations at play, and your liberty may be at stake. Thankfully a skilled criminal defense attorney can help turn the tide in your favor, fighting tirelessly to protect your rights and freedoms.
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