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What Is A Conspiracy Drug Crime Under Virginia Law?

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In the context of Virginia drug crimes, conspiracy offenses represent a somewhat unique approach. For this offense to apply, the perpetrator must conspire with at least one other person to commit — or attempt to commit — a drug crime in violation of Virginia law. The punishment for conspiracy drug crimes is linked directly to the base offense in question.

Conspiracy Drug Crimes in Virginia

Code of Virginia Section 18.2-256 furnishes the laws against conspiracy drug crimes. This section makes it illegal to conspire with another to commit any drug crime in violation of Virginia law, including unlawful possession or distribution.

The punishment for conspiracy drug crimes mirrors the penalties for the base offense in question. Stated otherwise, conspiracy drug crimes are punishable in the same way as unlawful possession, distribution, or trafficking.

Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance

Code of Virginia Section 18.2-250 provides the penalties for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Although the penalties can vary greatly, unlawful possession of any:

  • Schedule I/II Controlled Substance — Is typically punishable as a Class 5 felony, including the possibility of one to 10 years in prison and criminal fines up to $2,500;
  • Schedule III Controlled Substance — Is typically punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, including the possibility of 12 months in jail and criminal fines up to $2,500;
  • Schedule IV Controlled Substance — Is typically punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor, including the possibility of six months in jail and criminal fines up to $1,000;
  • Schedule V Controlled Substance — Is typically punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor, including the possibility of criminal fines up to $500; or
  • Schedule VI Controlled Substance — Is typically punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor, including the possibility of criminal fines up to $250.

Conspiracy to possess a controlled substance is punishable as outlined above.

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

Code of Virginia Section 18.2-248 details the penalties for unlawful distribution, manufacture, sale, or gift of a controlled substance. Although the penalties can vary substantially, unlawful distribution of any:

  • Schedule I/II Controlled Substance — Is usually punishable as a felony, including the possibility of five to 40 years in prison and criminal fines up to $500,000;
  • Schedule III Controlled Substance — Is usually punishable as a Class 5 felony, including the possibility of one to 10 years in prison and criminal fines up to $2,500;
  • Schedule IV Controlled Substance — Is usually punishable as a Class 6 felony, including the possibility of one to five years in prison and criminal fines up to $2,500; or
  • Schedule V/VI Controlled Substance — Is usually punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, including the possibility of 12 months in jail and criminal fines up to $2,500.

Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance is punishable as described above.

Do You Need Legal Help?

If you need legal assistance with Virginia charges for any drug crime, it can be tremendously valuable to contact an experienced Leesburg drug crimes lawyer. The lawyers at Simms Showers LLP feature the capabilities necessary to help you defend against various drug crime charges, including conspiracy offenses. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

SOURCES:

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-256/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-248/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-250/

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