A Vienna, Virginia man was arrested on June 18 of this year at an Outback Steakhouse restaurant after he was found unconscious on the bathroom floor by another customer. The customer stated that the man had a shoelace wrapped around his arm and that there was a needle lying on the floor right next to him.
After the man regained consciousness, he attempted to flee just as police were arriving.
He was ultimately arrested in front of a Giant Food grocery store; he subsequently told officers that he had been having fainting spells, and that he wished to be transported to the hospital. Once released, he was arrested for heroin and amphetamine methamphetamines, both schedule I and schedule II controlled substances. He was released on signature thereafter.
Hire a good Alexandria attorney if you’ve been charged with drug possession
Drug possession charges are serious matters. If you’re facing charges of drug possession especially for controlled substances like methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine, or ecstasy, all of which are “Schedule 1″ or “Schedule II” drugs, this is especially important. At present, marijuana is also included as a Schedule 1 drug in Virginia, with simple possession a misdemeanor that could result in 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, and the mandatory loss of driver’s license for six months. Drug possession convictions for even “lesser” drugs like marijuana can haunt you and make it difficult to find a job even years after the conviction.
It’s important to hire an experienced Alexandria defense lawyer if you’ve been charged with any sort of drug possession, even with a first offense. If you’re not guilty, your attorney will work to get the charges dismissed altogether. It may be that you were simply with someone who had marijuana on him or her, in a vehicle, etc., and that you had nothing to do with possession at all. It is imperative that you and your attorney work together to make sure those charges are dismissed so that what could be a major impediment will simply be an unpleasant memory that will quickly fade.
If you are guilty, don’t forget that you still have rights. Your Alexandria attorney will represent you fairly and professionally in court so that you are given due process. Your attorney may work out a plea bargain with the prosecuting attorney so that you can avoid a trial and face reduced charges if they must indeed occur.
The Tuomey Law firm is a talented law firm specializing in Alexandria and Arlington, VA criminal defense.