Drug Charges

Drug offenses are one of the most widely prosecuted crimes in Virginia courts. These crimes also make up a large percentage of cases in the Federal courts. At the law offices of Jad Sarsour, we have extensive experience defending clients against drug charges of every type including drug sales and possession. Fairfax County drug crimes attorney Jad Sarsour is a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to aggressively exploit the weaknesses in the case brought against you by protecting your constitutional rights. Contact us today for experienced, aggressive representation.

Just because you’ve been arrested, doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted, or even charged. You don’t want to face jail time or probation for a drug offense. Jad Sarsour, starts negotiations with the prosecution as soon as possible to help eliminate or minimize the consequences of criminal charges. But for this to happen, you must act quickly.

Our Fairfax County drug crimes lawyers represent clients who are facing the following felony and misdemeanor narcotics charges involving marijuana (pot), cocaine (coke), crack cocaine, methamphetamines (crystal meth), prescription drugs, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), or other controlled substances, including:

  • Drug possession
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Cultivation of narcotics
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug distribution

Defenses

The 4th Amendment prohibits police officers from conducting any illegal search and seizure, which includes any search without a warrant, except under specific situations, such as consent. Drug offense cases are often defended by filing “suppression motions.” The purpose of these motions is to challenge the manner in which the drugs were discovered. When these motions are granted in a drug case, it almost always results in a case dismissal.

Additionally, the prosecutor must also prove each and every element of the particular charged offense. If the prosecutor fails to do this, you are not guilty. The elements are:

  • Dominion and control of the substance. Just being present at the scene of the offense is insufficient.
  • The substance must be in a quantity usable for consumption or sale.
  • Possession for sale also requires a specific intent to sell it.
  • Knowledge of its presence.
  • Knowledge of its illegal nature.

Consequences

The consequences of a drug offense conviction widely vary, from probation to lengthy prison sentences, depending on the type and quantity of drugs, and your prior criminal record. You’ll need an experienced Fairfax County drug crimes attorney to help in this difficult situation.

If you have questions regarding drug charges, contact Fairfax County Criminal Lawyer Jad Sarsour today for a free consultation. We are available to take appointments days, evenings, and weekends. We accept all major credit cards.

The Fairfax County criminal defense lawyer Jad Sarsour, located in Fairfax County, Virginia, serves clients throughout Virginia including Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Alexandria and Falls Church.

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