What You Need To Know About Marijuana Possession

A criminal charge, even when it is "only marijuana," is serious and personal. The stakes are high. How your case is handled can be the difference between jail time, a record or probation and expungement.

The Penalties For Possession

If you are a first-time offender in the Commonwealth of Virginia you may be facing some scary consequences. These include:

  • 30 days in jail and a $500 fine
  • 12 months in jail and $1,200 fine
  • License suspension for six months

Creating Your Defense

As an experienced drug defense attorney, I understand how the system works and where the opportunities for defense are. I will assess the circumstances of your arrest and analyze whether the evidence was legally collected, and whether or not it can be proved to have been yours or under your "dominion" and control. I will ask:

  1. Did the arresting officer have probable cause?
  2. Was the encounter consensual?

To be convicted the Commonwealth must prove:

  1. You knew the marijuana was there.
  2. You knew that is was marijuana.
  3. You consciously "possessed" it.

Understanding Circumstantial Evidence

Circumstantial evidence is what you did, said, and how you acted. The Commonwealth can use these against you in an attempt to prove you had conscious possession of the marijuana. However, circumstantial evidence in marijuana possession cases does not create a strong case for the Commonwealth. It does not matter if the drug was found on your property, in your hotel room or car. The prosecution has to prove you had possession and control of the drug. As a criminal defense attorney with years of marijuana experience, I fully understand what the Commonwealth must prove and the defense strategy necessary to thwart their charges.

Full-Service Representation

My commitment to your case starts at our initial consultation and lasts throughout the course of our representation. I will take the time to listen to your story and understand what happened to you. My assistance and guidance starts the moment I hear your story and take your case.

Get A Free Consultation

To schedule a free consultation regarding a marijuana possession charge, contact me, lawyer Joseph Thelin. You can email my firm or call me directly at 703-659-0477. Conveniently located in Manassas, I serve clients in the surrounding communities.