Virginia drug trafficking charges are serious criminal charges and accused individuals facing them should be prepared to address them with a strong criminal defense strategy. Failing to take any kind of drug charge seriously can leave accused individuals vulnerable to the serious penalties and consequences associated with drug charges.
Drug distribution and drug trafficking charges refer to the sale, transport or illegal important of unlawful controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other illegal drugs. The punishment for those facing drug charges can be severe and depends on the type of drugs allegedly sold; the quantity of drugs allegedly sold; where the drugs were allegedly sold; and who was allegedly targeted for the sale of the drugs. The potential penalties can range from 3 to 5 years to lifetime imprisonment depending on the circumstances.
Drug trafficking and drug distribution charges are felony criminal charges. Drug possession charges are, of course, serious criminal charges on their own, however, if the accused individual is allegedly found with large amounts of drugs, cash or paraphernalia sometimes associated with the sale of drugs, they may find themselves facing even more serious drug distribution and trafficking charges. Drug trafficking charges can also apply to the illegal sale of prescription drugs.
All accused individuals facing drug distribution and drug trafficking charges have criminal defense rights to be familiar with that can protect them. It is vitally important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense options and the help available to them if they have been accused of selling drugs.